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  • "'Will I tell you why he finds it so difficult to coil down a rope in a way that pleases his mentors?'

    'Is it not just natural inborn vice?'

    'It is not. Like many of his nation he is a ciotóg, a left-handed man; and left to himself he will always coil a rope against the way of the sun.'"

    --P. O'Brian, The Yellow Admiral, 113

    March 19, 2008

  • "Like many of his nation ...."

    What kind of drivel is this? The proportion of left-handed people is no different in Ireland than anywhere else.

    See also kitthoge.

    March 19, 2008

  • Hey, I just call them as I read them. Though, in previous pages, the person he was talking about sparked a conversation about different families, or clans, of Irish people in that time period (early 19th cent.) and in earlier centuries. So it could be that by "of his nation" he meant the clan or ancestry of that particular person and not Ireland as a whole. I'll go back and check if you want.

    March 19, 2008