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Representations of the house in the poetry of Eiléan Ní Chuilleanáin and Vona Groarke

time-frames, both under siege by the same strong winds.31 The mistress of novices has sent all the novices Upstairs into the choir to practise The service for deliverance from storms and thunder. Their light dapples the sharkskin windows, The harmonium pants uphill, The storm plucks riffs on the high tower.32 9780719075636_4_008.qxd 156 16/2/09 9:25 AM Page 156 Poetry The retreat upstairs is one that both protects and exposes the novices in the face of the coming storm, yet they only ‘practise’ the service, postponing the fullest test of the power of prayer

in Irish literature since 1990
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.”67 One of the most alarming of these impediments is a witch’s ability to cause a man’s penis to vanish into thin air, so that he can “see and feel nothing except his smooth body, uninterrupted by any member.”68 This is the sort of thing that chronically happens to adulterers who are not sufficiently attentive to their mistresses’ needs, or worse, who abandon them entirely, thus provoking vengeance. Fortunately, as the authors reveal, the loss of one’s penis is only one of the devil’s illusions, and not a real transformation – although this is unlikely to be of much

in The Malleus Maleficarum and the construction of witchcraft
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Romances, novels, and the classifications of Irish Romantic fiction

mistress, and our modern novelists’, Eleanor is depicted as even more seriously misguided than her sister, Cassandra ( The convent , vol. 1, p. 16). Although tedious and irrational, Cassandra is nevertheless committed to feminine modesty and virtue. In contrast, Eleanor is not only jealous and mean-spirited, but also determined to get what she wants, even if that means engaging in unfeminine activity. In a telling incident, therefore, Eleanor writes to Stanhope to express her love for him. In so doing, Eleanor confirms her ‘fallen’ nature. Stanhope accordingly begs

in The gothic novel in Ireland, c. 1760–1829

was owed to their office, rebuked the people for their sins, and rebuked the new teachings of Luther. They bade the people obey the precepts and rites of the Church; they taught that one should fast, and pray, and that other good works should be pursued, so that we may make a worthy return of penitence for our sins. For this reason it surely happened, that the Lutherans were more persuasive to the people, while the Catholic orators were hateful to them – to such an extent that in many cities frivolous youths, novices, and recently converted Lutherans, even those whose

in Luther’s lives