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THE RETURN OF PADDY KINSELLA
Bryan MacMahon
December 06, 1954
This work of a young Irish writer is included in 'The Red Petticoat,' to be published by E. P. Dutton
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December 06, 1954

The Return Of Paddy Kinsella

This work of a young Irish writer is included in 'The Red Petticoat,' to be published by E. P. Dutton

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"Ssh!" Timothy said. He smelled his almost empty glass, then said in a loud whisper, "The bloody stout is casky. Let's get away out o' this!"

The word "casky" succeeded in moving Paddy. It also nicked the publican's pride. After they had gone, the publican, on the pretence of closing the door, looked after them. He turned and threw a joke to his customers.

They roared with laughter.

Paddy and Timothy were now wandering toward the humpy bridge that led to the country. Timothy was carrying the battered case. Paddy had his arm around his companion's shoulder. The raw air was testing the big man's sobriety.

"Nothin' hasty!" Timothy was advising. "First of all we'll pass out the cottage an' go on to my house. You'll sleep with me tonight. Remember Paddy, that I wrote that letter out o' pure friendship."

Paddy lifted his cap and let the rain strike his forehead. "I'll walk the gallows high for her!" he said.

"Calm and collected, that's my advice."

"When these two hands are on her throat, you'll hear her squealin' in the eastern world!"

"Nothin' hasty, Paddy, nothin' hasty at all!"

Paddy pinned his friend against the parapet of the railway bridge. "Is six years hasty?" he roared.

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