John-Paul McCarthy: Parnell's mastery over embittered Catholics remains a mystery
Gladstone believed him mediocre but he could be menacing when in a corner, writes John-Paul McCarthy
For some reason, Parnell always makes me think of Christmas. I think it's because I associate this kind of aristocrat with the dinner-party cosmos immortalised by Joyce in The Dead.
Gabriel takes a clattering carriage home down the Dublin quays to learn the truth about his marriage.
The statue of King Dan, Joyce's 'big giant in the dark', looms over the married couple as they disappear into the sea.