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Fugitive souls and free spirits
Steven Earnshaw

a subculture of drunks, but, oddly enough, does not attain his visions as a drunk’. Taylor, ‘Ironweed, alcohol, and Celtic heroism’, p. 112. 30 Kennedy, Ironweed, p. 228. 31 Yetman picks up on his inconsistent behaviour: ‘Actually, Francis’s behavior is various and contradictory throughout. He is, willy-​nilly, and often in odd combinations, bellicose, compliant, wooden, courtly, principled, wily, magnanimous with those less well-​off than himself, or self-​preoccupied and therefore quite indifferent to the plight of others’. Yetman, ‘Ironweed: the perils and

in The Existential drinker