G R A N I A

THE STORY OF AN ISLAND

BY

THE HON. EMILY LAWLESS
1892







Electronic Editions, 2000
Michael Sundermeier, editor

micsun@creighton.edu

Dedication

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.

E. L.



LYONS, HAZLEHATCH:

January, 1892


Contents

PART I - September

PART II - April

PART III - May to August

PART IV AND LAST - September Again