Alice Moore is eight years old and has just been left in the care of her autocratic grandmother at Ballydavid, a lovely old house in the south of Ireland. It is 1915, the First World War has just entered its second year, and, in Ireland, Nation-alists are edging toward revolution. Often lonely... read more
“The moments I describe are those that stand out either for their significance or for one of the invisible, seemingly arbitrary reasons that some moments of chilldhood remain with us forever. p.168”Alice Moore
“Not only did I feel that is was cruel of Uncle William to press Sonia and to place Grandmother and Aunt Katie in a morally indefensible position while crudely trampling on the small flowering hopes and possible necessary self-deceptions of the two grief stricken old ladies, but he had offended me by coarsening the mystery that Sonia offered. He appeared to equate Sonia's subtle arts with the crude antics of an officers' mess and I, for the first time, saw the thoughtless, clumsy, literal-minded way that men destroy the fragile, not always rational structures that women build and depend upon. The damage inflicted by my father and O'Neill, I now understand, was a condition of their masculinity as well as of their individual natures. p.206-7”Alice Moore
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