‘Get the Rozzers’
The years from now until the first production of The Quare Fellow and his subsequent marriage were to be, in general, bad ones for him, and as a consequence of the rejections he suffered — some of them self-invited — he began to behave in distressing and obsessional ways. He could not take no for an answer and confronted by a rejection or coldness of any sort he would react with an extraordinary verbal violence, shouting abuse and not infrequently foaming at the lips. His victories depended either on the other party’s terror at the spectacle of rage he then presented, or on their mere embarrassment at the degree of noise created and the kind of public attention attracted. Since a Dublin pub audience is highly pleased to have a public show of any kind put on for its benefit, Brendan could depend on their encouragement for the discomforture of the victim, who could only cower or scarper, thus leaving him the field and, in that sense at least, the victory.
KeywordsStreet Direction Street Lamp Public Show Irish Time Opposite Party
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