The Playboy of the Western World

by

J. M. Synge

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Sara Tansey Character Analysis

Sara Tansey is one of the four giggly young village girls who live near Michael Flaherty’s pub. They make an appearance in Act Two, eager to hear Christy Mahon’s fearsome story of killing his father, Old Mahon. Sara brings Christy a gift of duck eggs from her farm. Sara also tries to disguise Christy in her petticoat when the villagers turn on him in Act Three, but he refuses.

Sara Tansey Quotes in The Playboy of the Western World

The The Playboy of the Western World quotes below are all either spoken by Sara Tansey or refer to Sara Tansey. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
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). Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Dover Thrift Editions edition of The Playboy of the Western World published in 1993.
Act 2 Quotes

CHRISTY (impressively). With that the sun came out between the cloud and the hill, and it shining green in my face. “God have mercy on your soul,” says he, lifting a scythe; “or on your own,” says I, raising the loy.

SUSAN. That’s a grand story.

HONOR. He tells it lovely.

CHRISTY (flattered and confident, waving bone). He gave a drive with the scythe, and I gave a lep to the east. Then I turned around with my back to the north, and I hit a blow on the ridge of his skull, laid him stretched out, and he split to the knob of his gullet.

[He raises the chicken bone to his Adam’s apple.]

GIRLS (together). Well, you’re a marvel! Oh, God bless you! You’re the lad surely!

Related Symbols: The Loy
Page Number: 25
Explanation and Analysis:
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Sara Tansey Character Timeline in The Playboy of the Western World

The timeline below shows where the character Sara Tansey appears in The Playboy of the Western World. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Act 2
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Four young village girls—Susan Brady, Nelly McLaughlin, Sara Tansey and Honor Blake—arrive at the pub. Christy gathers his coat and the looking-glass and... (full context)
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The girls notice Christy’s boots by the door, which Sara mischievously tries on. Just then, Honor looks inside the inner room and notices Christy. They... (full context)
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...trying to re-hang the looking-glass behind his back. The village girls present Christy with gifts: Sara has brought duck eggs, which she says are “the real sort;” Honor brought some cake... (full context)
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Sara says that both Christy and Widow Quin are heroes, and that they should get married.... (full context)
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...that she and Christy pretend Old Mahon is a “maniac” and not Christy’s father. Susan, Sara, Honor and Nelly run in, calling for Christy to “come on the sports now.” He... (full context)
Act 3
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Sara runs in and tries to disguise Christy in her petticoat to help him escape. Christy... (full context)