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The bargain was made; and while the tinker devoured one plateful after another with a ravenous haste that almost discredited his previous restraint, Patsy spun a fanciful tale of having found a cluricaun under a quicken-tree.
a cluricaun, and nothing at all, as it suited me, and sometimes I lived in a rath with others, as I have in yours, and other times I went by myself.
The dinner was the best I ever ate, and -- bless ye and the cluricaun! "
"I believe you're a cluricaun, come all the way from the bogs of Clare!
If he'd been a fir darrig, that's always playing tricks and making trouble everywhere, why, then, of course -- but he was only a poor cluricaun -- "
"Yes," the King of All Ireland interrupted, "only a poor cluricaun, that does nothing but rob gentlemen's wine cellars and keep himself so drunk that he's of no use when he's wanted for any good.