chapter  V
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The contrast of English and Irish is a favourite topic with our dramatist~ and novelists, especially at the present moment. "Peg 0' my Heart," " Paddy the Next Best Th,ing," " Salad Days," are but three instances testifying to English interest in racial contrast. The last-mentioned novel hardly aspires to first rank in literature, but is perhaps on that account the more interesting, in that Mr. Burke slams in his effects with greater na"ivet!. There are no nuances in the drawl, affectation, control, reserve, studied mannerism, self-consciousness of Dick, nor in the unrestrained emotionalism, impulsiveness, inconsequence, directness and simplicity of Judy. She has no complexes, he is full of them; the heavy control of his conscious manufactures them. Moreover the salient racial characteristics

in thought and morality are effectively if somewhat crudely thrust into the picture. Judy comments on the fact that there are no divorces in Ireland. Dick and his uncle, both men of experience, are obsessed by sex-so much so that they are on tenterhooks lest their skeleton should peep out of the cupboard. To Judy and the twins there is no sex problem; it is all plain sailing. The Irish girl, like the Frenchwoman, can talk about it with startling openness, because it has never been repressed. It is pure and free.