Guests of the Nation


Frank O’Connor

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The Fireplace

The fireplace is a central component of the home, especially in the time before central heating. As such, it comes to symbolize home and domesticity in the story, and furthermore, it represents the opportunity to…

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The Bog

In “Guests of the Nation,” the Irish soldiers unceremoniously bury the bodies of their English friends and captives, Belcher and ‘Awkins, in the bog—an ecosystem known for preserving bodies intact for thousands of…

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