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Title: New Irish Comedies
Author: Lady Augusta Gregory
Release Date: March 28, 2004 [EBook #11749]
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Produced by Juliet Sutherland and Robert Prince
By Lady Gregory
The Bogie Men—The Full Moon—Coats
Darmer's Gold—McDonough's Wife
COPYRIGHT 1913 BY LADY GREGORY
TO THE RT. HON. W.F. BAILEY COUNSELLOR, PEACEMAKER, FRIEND
ABBEY THEATRE, 1913.
THE BOGIE MEN THE FULL MOON COATS DAMER'S GOLD MCDONOUGH'S WIFE NOTES
THE BOGIE MEN
Taig O'Harragha | BOTH CHIMNEY Darby Melody | SWEEPS
THE BOGIE MEN
Scene: A Shed near where a coach stops. Darby comes in. Has a tin can of water in one hand, a sweep's bag and brush in the other. He lays down bag on an empty box and puts can on the floor. Is taking a showy suit of clothes out of bag and admiring them and is about to put them on when he hears some one coming and hurriedly puts them back into the bag.
Taig: (At door.) God save all here!
Darby: God save you. A sweep is it? (Suspiciously.) What brought you following me?
Taig: Why wouldn't I be a sweep as good as yourself?
Darby: It is not one of my own trade I came looking to meet with. It is a shelter I was searching out, where I could put on a decent appearance, rinsing my head and my features in a tin can of water.
Taig: Is it long till the coach will be passing by the cross-road beyond?
Darby: Within about a half an hour they were telling me.
Taig: There does be much people travelling to this place?
Darby: I suppose there might, and it being the high road from the town of Ennis.
Taig: It should be in this town you follow your trade?
Darby: It is not in the towns I do be.
Taig: There's nothing but the towns, since the farmers in the country clear out their own chimneys with a bush under and a bush overhead.
Darby: I travel only gentlemen's houses.
Taig: There does be more of company in the streets than you'd find on the bare road.
Darby: It isn't easy get company for a person has but two empty hands.
Taig: Wealth to be in the family it is all one nearly with having a grip of it in your own palm.
Darby: I wish to the Lord it was the one thing.
Taig: You to know what I know—
Darby: What is it that you know?
Taig: It is dealing out cards through the night time I will be from this out, and making bets on racehorses and fighting-cocks through all the hours of the day.
Darby: I would sooner to be sleeping in feathers and to do no hand's turn at all, day or night.
Taig: If I came paddling along through every place this day and the road hard under my feet, it is likely I will have my choice way leaving it.
Darby: How is that now?
Taig: A horse maybe and a car or two horses, or maybe to go in the coach, and I myself sitting alongside the man came in it.
Darby: Is it that he is taking you into his service?
Taig: Not at all! And I being of his own family and his blood.
Darby: Of his blood now?
Taig: A relation I have, that is full up of money and of every whole thing.
Darby: A relation?
Taig: A first cousin, by the side of the mother.
Darby: Well, I am not without having a first cousin of my own.
Taig: I wouldn't think he'd be much. To be listening to my mother giving out a report of my one's ways, you would maybe believe it is no empty skin of a man he is.
Darby: My own mother was not without giving out a report of my man's ways.
Taig: Did she see him?
Darby: She did, I suppose, or the thing was near him. She never was tired talking of him.
Taig: It is often my own mother would have Dermot pictured to myself.
Darby: It is often the likeness of Timothy was laid down to me by the teaching of my mother's mouth, since I was able to walk the floor. She thought the whole world of him.
Taig: A bright scholar she laid Dermot down to be. A good doing fellow for himself. A man would be well able to go up to his promise.
Darby: That is the same account used to be given out of Timothy.
Taig: To some trade of merchandise it is likely Dermot was reared. A good living man that was never any cost on his mother.
Darby: To own an estate before he would go far in age Timothy was on the road.
Taig: To have the handling of silks and jewelleries and to be free of them, and of suits and the making of suits, that is the way with the big merchants of the world.
Darby: It is letting out his land to grass farmers a man owning acres does be making his profit.
Taig: A queer thing you to be the way you are, and he to be an upstanding gentleman.
Darby: It is the way I went down; my mother used to be faulting me and I not being the equal of him. Tormenting and picking at me and shouting me on the road. "You thraneen," she'd say, "you little trifle of a son! You stumbling over the threshold as if in slumber, and Timothy being as swift as a bee!"
Taig: So my own mother used to be going on at myself, and be letting out shrieks and screeches. "What now would your cousin Dermot be saying?" every time there would come a new rent in my rags.
Darby: "Little he'd think of you," she'd say; "you without body and puny, not fit to lift scraws from off the field, and Timothy bringing in profit to his mother's hand, and earning prizes and rewards."
Taig: The time it would fail me to follow my book or to say off my A, B, ab, to draw Dermot down on me she would. "Before he was up to your age," she would lay down, "he was fitted to say off Catechisms and to read newses. You have no more intellect beside him," she'd say, "than a chicken has its head yet in the shell."
Darby: "Let you hold up the same as Timothy," she'd give out, and I to stoop my shoulders the time the sun would prey upon my head. "He that is as straight and as clean as a green rush on the brink