Excerpt from The Devils Parables: And Other EssaysTom Griffin was a quiet man, who dwelt in the Hundreds at Brentford. My personal memories of Tom are fast fading. I seem to recall a tall stooped man of forty, with a dark, oval, priest-like face.MoreExcerpt from The Devils Parables: And Other EssaysTom Griffin was a quiet man, who dwelt in the Hundreds at Brentford. My personal memories of Tom are fast fading. I seem to recall a tall stooped man of forty, with a dark, oval, priest-like face.
But he passed out of my life before I reached my teens- also my people dwelt some miles from the historic town of the Three Kings, and of the battle in the Civil War. Suffice it that I now know him intimately from talks with the old neighbours, of whom I was privileged to give some account to readers of a book called The Kings and the Cats. They were Famine emigrants, mostly from Munster, and settled towards 1851 in Brentford, Isleworth, and Mortlake - orchard-towns in the Valley of the Thames.Tom was a quiet man.
Every Corkonian of his day pronounced the word in one syllable - quite. Tom Griffin went further. He could not manage the sound of qu, but made a k of it, as do the French. Thus Tom, in his vernacular, was a kite man. He was also one in reality - a tranquil, easy-going, pious bachelor, who avoided disturbances with his neighbours, as the devil dodges holy water.About the PublisherForgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.comThis book is a reproduction of an important historical work.
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