The Absentee (Oxford World's Classics)

The Absentee (Oxford World's Classics)

Maria Edgeworth, W. J. McCormack

Language: English

Pages: 366

ISBN: 019283830X

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub

The Absentee (Oxford World's Classics)

Maria Edgeworth, W. J. McCormack

Language: English

Pages: 366

ISBN: 019283830X

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub


Lord Clonbrony and his ambitious, worldly wife lead an extravagant social life in London on the proceeds of their estates in Ireland. Their son, Lord Colambre, refusing to marry the heiress arranged for him by his mother, decides instead to investigate, incognito, the management of the family estates in Ireland. Appalled by the corruption, mismanagement, and poverty he discovers, he sets about finding a solution to his father's debts and the family's wilful indifference. Maria Edgeworth's classic novel combines a fast-miving depiction of national manners with a brilliantly witty expose of the pernicious system of absentee landownership.

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see you happy – long to behold the choice of such a heart as yours. Pray do not steal a march upon me26 – let me know in time. I will leave every thing – even my friend the minister’s secret expedition – for your wedding. But I trust I shall be in time.’ ‘Assuredly you will, my dear count; if ever that wedding—’ ‘If,’ repeated the count. ‘If,’ repeated lord Colambre. ‘Obstacles which, when we last parted, appeared to me invincible, prevented my having ever even attempted to make an impression

provided there’s none given to affectation, or prudery, or coquetry; and from all these, of course, she must be free; and of course I must be content. Adieu.’ CHAPTER XVII As lord Colambre was returning home, he was overtaken by sir Terence O’Fay. ‘Well, my lord,’ cried sir Terence, out of breath, ‘you have led me a pretty dance all over the town: here’s a letter somewhere down in my safe pocket for you, which has cost me trouble enough. Phoo! where is it now? – it’s from miss Nugent,’ said

than you. 3. With evil intent (legalistic formula from Old French). 4. Small rolls of gold coins wrapped in paper. 5. Action to recover damages for breach of contract. 6. I.e. was present, was actually there. The emphasis reflects a Gaelic grammatical construction carried over into Hiberno-English. 7. Cf. ‘Woo’d and Married and All’, ll. 7-8, in David Herd, ed., Ancient and Modern Scottish Songs, 1776 (rpt. Edinburgh: William Paterson, 1870), p. 115. CHAPTER XIII 1. From the Latin:

application. If she has nine invitations, and the tenth be wanting, the nine have no power to make her happy. This was precisely lady Clonbrony’s case – there was to be a party at lady St James’s, for which lady Clonbrony had no card. ‘So ungrateful, so monstrous, of lady St James! – What! was the gala so soon forgotten, and all the marked attentions paid that night to lady St James! attentions, you know, Pratt, which were looked upon with a jealous eye, and made me enemies enough, I am told, in

plase your honour; but it was give her by lady Clonbrony, from a niece of her own, God bless her! and a very kind lady she was to us and to all when she was living in it; but those times are gone past,’ said the old woman, with a sigh. The young woman sighed too; and, sitting down by the fire, began to count the notches in a little bit of stick, which she held in her hand; and, after she had counted them, sighed again. ‘But don’t be sighing, Grace, now,’ said the old woman; ‘sighs is bad sauce

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