By Roderick Graham
In line with modern files and histories, Roderick Graham paints a special photograph of Mary that sees her neither as a Catholic martyr, nor as a husband-murdering adulteress, yet as a tender lady adrift within the risky seas of sixteenth-century politics. Mary Stuart had not one of the ruthlessness of her modern sisters, and the feminine empowerment of Catherine de Medici, Diane de Poitiers or Elizabeth Tudor handed her via. In an age of intellectually superb and strong girls, Mary depended on her attractiveness and style instead of cause and resolution. Passively and gracefully, she allowed occasions to overhaul her as injuries and while she did try and regulate her destiny she unwittingly set in a teach of occasions that might lead her to the executioner's block.
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At any rate the National Liberal Club took to itself all the merit of the Nationalist victory at a subsequent election, in which one of the ousted Conservative members for Dublin was Sir Arthur Guinness, afterwards Lord Ardilaun; and it rewarded its secretary with a gift of one hundred guineas for each elected candidate — quite a nice little present for a good young man Dublin seventy-odd years ago. There was even some in talk of his standing for a constituency, for he had a gHb tongue and had been among the first to greet the rising star of Parnell.
He amused friends of the family the same way that Dickens is said to have done at much about the same age. His precocity and independence young University promise, or rather, to say with very as a were remembered when he had passed out of the and was beginning to be known as a young man of child a great future it with Dubliners, as 'a young fellow behind him'. Stories were told of how, not yet four years of age, he entertained turned up unexpectedly in his parents' relatives, absence, by when who had ^playing' them and singing, or of his habit, at a still earlier of coming at dessert time down the stairs from the nursery the piano for age, one step at a time, with the nursemaid in attendance, and I THE SOIL • 7 from the top of the house calling out until he reached the was an appropriate entrance for the author whose last creation was to be H.
Preserved them for years, and of a youth of promise. the memory Some a dearest of all of vanity he on the memory things in Ireland is of the past. of the notices which Mr. David Marcus, the editor of Cork review out for The Out lived, like his son, Mr. me at Irish my Writing, kindly took the trouble to seek request show my father to have been a stu- dent of no httle self-assurance and dramatic ability. In March I THE SOIL • 25 1869 the re-establishment of the Queen's College Dramatic So- Cork newspapers, but at the first the Theatre Royal on March 11 there was a was announced ciety performance in rowdy demonstration My actors.