The main characters are Juno Boyle, Jack Boyle, Mary Boyle, Johnny Boyle and Joxer Daly. play that he is “struttin’ about the town like a paycock with Joxer, I suppose”. Act II opens with the stage directions stating that “the furniture is more. 2 ACT I The living room of a two-room tenancy occupied by the BOYLE family in a A 3 JUNO AND THE PAYCOCK ACT teapot is on the hob and a frying-pan. Juno and the Paycock Themes. “Isn’t all religions curious?-if they weren’t you wouldn’t get anyone to believe in them” – Captain Boyle, Act II.

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He is half asleep. You know the foreman o’ that job that’s goin’ on down in Killesther, don’t you, Joxer?

Sure, the house couldn’t hould them lately; an’ he goin’ about like a mastherpiece of the Free State counthry; forgettin’ their friends; forgettin’ God — wouldn’t even lift his hat passin’ a chapel!

Pull over to the fire, Joxer Daly, an’ we’ll have a cup o’ tay in a minute! It’s a daarlin’ poem!

You didn’t look at our new gramophone, Johnny? BOYLE moving towards the door on left.

Nothin’ was too hot or too heavy for me then. Can’t you do it, then, without lettin’ th’ whole house know you’re takin’ off your trousers? Come on, out with th’ money, an’ don’t be jack-actin’. He sits down Well, what is it? An’ who done it then? An’, now, stretch yourself down on the bed for a little. An’ he swearin’ on the holy prayer-book that he wasn’t in no snug!


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In a corner near the window looking into the back is a galvanized bath. It’s curious, then, you never heard the knockin’. Not as much as a red rex, man; I’ve been a bit anxious this long time thee me money, an’ I went up to the solicitor’s to find out all I could — ah, man, they were goin’ to throw me down the stairs.

znd Nobody’s goin’ to coax you — don’t think that. Take the real Dublin people, frinstance: BOYLE making no move. Aw, it’s a darlin’ word, a daarlin’ word. Beside the fireplace is a box con- taining coal.

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BOYLE with a commanding gesture. Well, I like your damn cheek! The blow up for dinner is at one — wait till I see what time it ’tis. It is all vital force in man, in all animals, and in all vegetation. He hates to be assed to stir. Mary’ll be out to you in a minute. We don’t want you, Mr.


He has evidently gone through a rough time. I was in bed when he stole in like a thief in the night, an’ before I knew even what he was thinkin’ of, he whipped them from the chair, an’ was off like a redshank! Don’t you know he doesn’t, mother? I’ve to give you an ordher to attend a Battalion Staff meetin’ the night afther to-morrow. The door opens and a bearded man looking in says]: Me, is it me, me?


I’m goin’ now; come on, Mary. A-a-ah, I’ll thry the ball o’ malt.

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Give your hat an’ stick to Jack, there Yis, Captain, yis; it’s betther to go fully prepared an’ ready for all eventualities. You were goin’ to say somethin’, don’t be a twisther. Captain; Jjuno wouldn’t let a word be said agen Father Farrell — the heart o’ the rowl, that’s what he is; I always said he was a darlin’ man, a daarlin’ man.

What you’re sayin’ of Father Farrell is very near to blas- feemey. The irony of course is that he has never had any of this money and never will. What business is it o’ yours whether I was in a snug or no? Oh, the poor darlin’.

E-e-e-e-eh; it’s all nonsense; it was only a shadda he saw. No, of course yous couldn’t — yous wanted to keep her company. He wore out the Health Insurance long ago, he’s afther wearin’ out the unemployment dole, an’, now, he’s thryin’ to wear out me!

Ay, did you see where I put me braces? Let me kiss your hand, your little, tiny, white hand! Let me alone, let me alone, let me alone, for God’s sake.

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