Castle Rackrent and Ennui (Penguin Classics)

Castle Rackrent and Ennui (Penguin Classics)

Maria Edgeworth, Marilyn Butler

Language: English

Pages: 368

ISBN: 0140433201

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub

Castle Rackrent and Ennui (Penguin Classics)

Maria Edgeworth, Marilyn Butler

Language: English

Pages: 368

ISBN: 0140433201

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub


Thady Quirk, steward to the decaying estate of the Rackrent family, narrates a story of four generations of a dying dynasty in Castle Rackrent. This volume also includes Ennui, the entertaining confessions of the Earl of Glenthorn, a bored aristocrat. Both novels offer a darkly comic and satirical expose of the Irish class system.

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chickens would dispense with a whole dozen of penal statutes’ (Edmund Bohun, The Justice of the Peace, his Calling and Qualifications (1693), pp. 118–19). 35. (p. 199) There was a lady lov’d a swine…. Traditional. Listed in M.E.’s notebook, p. 70 (’There was a lady loved a hog…’) as ‘song for nurse’. 36. (p. 200, n.) Sir George Shuckburgh, ‘Observations made in Savoy, in order to ascertain the height of mountains by means of the Barometer’, Philosophical Transactions [of the Royal Society] 67

social advance and empowerment, the instinctive compensations of individuals who in real life know frustration. Heroes and heroines rise in the world, however nobly indifferent for much of the plot to the lure of wealth and rank. Since such sudden promotions tend to seem implausible, especially in the realistic domestic novel, ‘the colonies’ become one imaginary terrain for their realization, and the feudal past another. The fantasy of an escape for Geraldine and Devereux to ‘somewhere else’ is

Eliot’s heroine Romola, who has much in common with the Countess of Valperga, is now the best known of this line of empowered but tragic figures. The late eighteenth-century trope of the nation as a woman does not enjoy a good press in modern times. Assumed to be typically a feature of men’s writing, it is thought to reflect the low esteem in which both women and lesser (that is, defeated) nations are held. Even if persuaded that women authors were attracted to the device, modern feminists might

single button round my neck, cloak fashion. To look at me, you would hardly think ‘poor Thady’ was the father of attorney Quirk; he is a high gentleman, and never minds what poor Thady says, and having better than fifteen hundred a year, landed estate, looks down upon honest Thady; but I wash my hands of his doings, and as I have lived so will I die, true and loyal to the family.7 The family of the Rackrents is, I am proud to say, one of the most ancient in the kingdom. Every body knows this is

to circumstances, but it is never earlier than twelve o’clock at night; the joys of a raking pot of tea depending on its being made in secret, and at an unseasonable hour. After a ball, when the more discreet part of the company has departed to rest, a few chosen female spirits, who have footed it till they can foot it no longer, and till the sleepy notes expire under the slurring hand of the musician, retire to a bedchamber, call the favourite maid, who alone is admitted, bid her put down the

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