"whatll I wear shall I wear a white rose" (U18.1553)
"or those fairy cakes in Liptons I love the smell of a rich big shop at 7½d a lb or the other ones with the cherries in them and the pinky sugar 11d a couple of lbs of those a nice plant for the middle of the table Id get that cheaper in wait wheres this I saw them not long ago" (U18.1554)
"I love flowers Id love to have the whole place swimming in roses" (U18.1557)
"God of heaven theres nothing like nature the wild mountains" (U18.1558)
"then the sea and the waves rushing" (U18.1559)
"then the beautiful country with the fields of oats and wheat and all kinds of things" (U18.1559)
"and all the fine cattle going about that would do your heart good to see rivers and lakes and flowers all sorts of shapes and smells and colours springing up even out of the ditches primroses and violets nature it is as for them saying theres no God I wouldnt give a snap of my two fingers for all their learning" (U18.1561)
"why dont they go and create something I often asked him atheists or whatever they call themselves go and wash the cobbles off themselves first then they go howling for the priest and they dying and why why because theyre afraid of hell on account of their bad conscience ah yes I know them well who was the first person in the universe before there was anybody that made it all who ah that they dont know neither do I so there you are " (U18.1565)
"they might as well try to stop the sun from rising tomorrow the sun shines for you he said the day we were lying among the rhododendrons on Howth head in the grey tweed suit and his straw hat the day I got him to propose to me yes" (U18.1571)
"first I gave him the bit of seedcake out of my mouth and it was leapyear like now yes 16 years ago my God after that long kiss I near lost my breath yes" (U18.1574)
This is a recipe if readers would like to try it, from 'Cookery Book and General Axioms for Plain Cookery' formulated by Miss Briggs, London (1890).
"he said I was a flower of the mountain yes so we are flowers all a womans body yes that was one true thing he said in his life and the sun shines for you today yes that was why I liked him because I saw he understood or felt what a woman is and I knew I could always get round him " (U18.1576)
"and I gave him all the pleasure I could leading him on till he asked me to say yes and I wouldnt answer first only looked out over the sea and the sky" (U18.1580)
"I was thinking of so many things he didnt know of Mulvey and Mr Stanhope and Hester and father and old captain Groves and the sailors playing all birds fly and I say stoop and washing up dishes they called it on the pier" (U18.1582)
"and the sentry in front of the governors house with the thing round his white helmet poor devil half roasted" (U18.1585)
This PC shows South Port street with the convent to the left, and the government house to the right. We see indeed a sentry guard wearing a white helmet.
A closer view of the Government House. Notice the Union Jack.
"and the Spanish girls laughing in their shawls and their tall combs" (U18.1586)