A Story-Teller's Holiday - Vol. 1

A Story-Teller's Holiday - Vol. 1

A Story-Teller's Holiday - Vol. 1

A Story-Teller's Holiday - Vol. 1

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It was a few days after his operation that I visited George Moore in the Nursing Home and saw his cheeks white and drawn and his figure pitifully shrunk beneath the red dressing-gown. But the voice bore no trace of the sickness that had wasted him, and it was in the old ringing tones that he spoke to me of the work that awaited him in Ebury Street. I shall have little leisure or strength for the revision of books already published, he said, and the new edition of the Story-Teller's Holiday will have to go without a preface. This will chagrin Evans, who likes prefaces. I waited a little before hazarding the suggestion that he might employ another to see the work through the press. But who? he asked abruptly, and began to speak of the trouble of sending for an editor, to whom many explanations would have to be given, all of which would be misunderstood, more or less. He looked at me inquiringly, as a man looks who is about to ask a boon, and I read in his eyes that he was seeking a prefacer in me. It is not from laziness that I ask you to write a preface, he said at last, but because I have been thinking lately that my life is running out and that I would do well to save these last days for my Greek story, Aphrodite in Aulis. The Story-Teller's Holiday needs only a few words of preface, and though not Irish yourself your knowledge of Irish ways of thought and of language, will enable you to write the lines that I have in mind better, perhaps, than I should myself, even if I had strength and courage to tell that in the third and fourth centuries the pious were encouraged by the Church to go into temptation, and by . . .

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