Castle Rackrent and The Absentee
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Castle Rackrent and The Absentee

By Maria Edgeworth
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With her satire on Anglo-Irish landlords inCastle Rackrent(1800), Maria Edgeworth pioneered the regional novel and inspired Sir Walter Scott'sWaverley(1814). Politically risky, stylistically innovative, and wonderfully entertaining, the novel changes the focus of conflict in Ireland from religion to class, and boldly predicts the rise of the Irish Catholic bourgeoisie. The second edition now includes new notes informed by the latest scholarship. About the Series:For over 100 yearsOxford World's Classicshas made available the broadest spectrum of literature from around the globe. Each affordable volume reflects Oxford's commitment to scholarship, providing the most accurate text plus a wealth of other valuable features, including expert introductions by leading authorities, voluminous notes to clarify the text, up-to-date bibliographies for further study, and much more.

Table of Contents
  • CASTLE RACKRENT
  • With an Introduction by Anne Thackeray Ritchie
  • INTRODUCTION
  • NOTES ON 'CASTLE RACKRENT'
  • AUTHOR'S PREFACE
  • CASTLE RACKRENT
  • MONDAY MORNING
    • [See GLOSSARY 1].
  • CONTINUATION OF THE MEMOIRS OF THE RACKRENT FAMILY
  • HISTORY OF SIR CONOLLY RACKRENT
  • GLOSSARY
  • GLOSSARY 1. MONDAY MORNING—
  • GLOSSARY 2. LET ALONE THE THREE KINGDOMS ITSELF.
  • GLOSSARY 3. WHILLALUH.
    • —Ullaloo, Gol, or lamentation over the dead—
  • GLOSSARY 4. THE TENANTS WERE SENT AWAY WITHOUT THEIR WHISKY.
  • GLOSSARY 5. HE DEMEANED HIMSELF GREATLY—
    • Means, he lowered or disgraced himself much.
  • GLOSSARY 6. DUTY FOWLS, DUTY TURKEYS, AND DUTY GEESE.—
  • GLOSSARY 7. ENGLISH TENANTS.—
  • GLOSSARY 8. CANTING—
  • GLOSSARY 9. DUTY WORK.—
  • GLOSSARY 10. OUT OF FORTY-NINE SUITS WHICH HE HAD, HE NEVER LOST ONE BUT SEVENTEEN.
  • GLOSSARY 11. FAIRY MOUNTS
  • GLOSSARY 12. WEED ASHES.
  • GLOSSARY 13. SEALING MONEY.
  • GLOSSARY 14. SIR MURTAGH GREW MAD
    • —Sir Murtagh grew angry.
  • GLOSSARY 15. THE WHOLE KITCHEN WAS OUT ON THE STAIRS
  • GLOSSARY 16. FINING DOWN THE YEAR'S RENT.
  • GLOSSARY 17. DRIVER.
  • GLOSSARY 18. I THOUGHT TO MAKE HIM A PRIEST.
  • GLOSSARY 19. FLAM.
    • —Short for flambeau.
  • GLOSSARY 20. BARRACK-ROOM.
  • GLOSSARY 21. AN INNOCENT
    • —in Ireland, means a simpleton, an idiot.
  • GLOSSARY 22. THE CURRAGH
    • —is the Newmarket of Ireland.
  • GLOSSARY 23. THE CANT
    • —The auction.
  • GLOSSARY 24. AND SO SHOULD CUT HIM OFF FOR EVER BY LEVYING A FINE,
  • GLOSSARY 25. A RAKING POT OF TEA.
  • GLOSSARY 26. WE GAINED THE DAY BY THIS PIECE OF HONESTY.
  • GLOSSARY 27. CARTON AND HALF-CARTON,
  • GLOSSARY 28. WAKE.
  • GLOSSARY 29. KILT.
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