G R A N I A
THE STORY OF AN ISLAND
THE HON. EMILY LAWLESS
Electronic Editions, 2000
Michael Sundermeier, editor
To M. C.
THIS STORY was always intended to be dedicated to you. it could hardly,
in fact, have been dedicated to anyone else, seeing that It was with you
it was originally planned; you who helped out its meagre scraps of Gaelic;
you with whom was first discussed the possibility of an Irish story without
any Irish brogue in it—that brogue which is a tiresome necessity always,
and might surely be dispensed with, as we both agreed, in a case where
no single actor on the tiny stage is supposed to utter a word of English.
For the rest, they are but melancholy places, these Aran Isles of ours,
as you and I know well, and the following pages have caught their full
share—something, perhaps, more than their full share—of that gloom. That
this is an artistic fault no one can doubt, yet there are times—are there
not?—when it does not seem so very easy to exaggerate the amount of gloom
which life is any day and every day quite willing to bestow.
Several causes have delayed the little book's appearance until now, but here it is, ready
at last, and dedicated still to you.
PART I - September
PART II - April
PART III - May to August
PART IV AND LAST - September Again