Sometime in the mid fifties i got a letter from a

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Sometime in the mid-fifties I got a letter from a tiny village in the south of Wales; a curt note from a young man of my own age and also called Michael Evans. He had found my name and address among the belongings of his father, Gerry Evans. He introduced himself as my half-brother and he wanted me to know that Gerry Evans, the father we shared, had died peacefully in the family home the previous week. Throughout his final illness he was nursed by his wife and his three grown children who all lived and worked in the village. My mother never knew of that letter. I decided to tell her - decided not to - vacillated for years as my father would have done; and eventually, rightly or wrongly, kept the information to myself. ( MAGGIE , CHRIS , KATE and AGNES now resume their tasks.) CHRIS : Well, at least that's good news. MAGGIE : What's that? CHRIS : That the young Sweeney boy from the back hills is going to live. MAGGIE : Good news indeed. ( CHRIS goes to the door and calls:) CHRIS : Michael! Where are you? We need some turf brought in!
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(She now goes outside and calls up to GERRY . MICHAEL exits.) Are you still up there? GERRY : ( Off ) Don't stand there. I might fall on top of you. CHRIS : Have you any idea what you're doing? GERRY : ( Off ) Come on up here to me. CHRIS : I'm sure I will. GERRY : ( Off ) We never made love on top of a sycamore tree. (She looks quickly around: did her sisters hear that?) CHRIS : If you fall and break your neck it'll be too good for you. ( She goes inside .) Nobody can vanish quicker than that Michael fellow when you need him. MAGGIE : (To AGNES ) I had a brilliant idea when I woke up this morning, Aggie. I thought to myself: what is it that Ballybeg badly needs and that Ballybeg hasn't got? AGNES : A riddle. Give up. MAGGIE : A dressmaker! So why doesn't Agnes Mundy who has such clever hands, why doesn't she dressmake? AGNES : Clever hands! ( MAGGIE looks around for her cigarettes.) MAGGIE : She'd get a pile of work. They'd come to her from far and wide. She'd make a fortune. AGNES : Some fortune in Ballybeg. MAGGIE : And not only would the work be interesting but she wouldn't be ruining her eyes staring at grey wool eight hours a day. Did you notice how Rosie squints at things now? It's the job for you, Aggie; I'm telling you. Ah, holy God, girls, don't tell me I'm out of fags! How could that have happened? ( CHRIS goes to the mantelpiece and produces a single cigarette.) Chrissie, you are one genius. Look, Kate. ( Scowls .) Misery. ( Lights cigarette .) Happiness! Want a drag? KATE : What's keeping those wonderful Eggs Ballybeg? MAGGIE : If I had to choose between one Wild Woodbine and a man of- say - fifty-two - widower - plump, what would I do, Kate? I'd take fatso, wouldn't I? God, I really am getting desperate. ( JACK enters through the garden.) Maybe I should go to Ryanga with you, Jack. JACK : I know you won't but I know you'd love it.
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