A traditional Irish alcohol distilled from potatoes or grain. Hugh frequently remarks on the power of a local woman’s poteen, which Yolland becomes drunk on while working with Owen on the Name Book.
Poteen Quotes in Translations
The Translations quotes below are all either spoken by Poteen or refer to Poteen. For each quote, you can also see the other terms and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one: Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Farrar, Straus and Giroux edition of Translations published in 1995.).
Act 2, Scene 1 Quotes
Even if I did speak Irish I'd always be an outsider here, wouldn't I? I may learn the password but the language of the tribe will always elude me, won't it? The private core will always be ... hermetic, won't it?
Poteen Term Timeline in Translations
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Act 2, Scene 1
...energy and alertness almost to the point of self-parody. He asks for a “drop” of poteen and greets Yolland in Latin. Hugh then translates his words to English, remarking that they... (full context)