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  • according to the Urban Dictionary: "The greatest hand in the game of Texas Hold'em, consisting of a Jack and a Nine."

    January 26, 2011

  • The key word being "somewhat," c_b.

    Signed, Too Lazy to Make Complete Sentences

    July 31, 2008

  • Yep - written in 1896. And I presume set contemporaneously.

    July 31, 2008

  • Thank heaven someone on Wordie is somewhat less lazy than I am. Thanks rt!

    July 31, 2008

  • Hey c_b, there's a free download of the book at Project Gutenberg, if you're interested. Yarb makes it sound so interesting that I may read it myself. :-)

    July 31, 2008

  • When was it written, though? (I'm assuming the novel wasn't written in 1896 but was set in that time...?)

    Thanks for sharing.

    July 31, 2008

  • Nope, it's the Irish being insulted here.

    I only began reading it today; it's 1896, about a frustrated young methodist pastor stuck in a provincial town far from the city glitz where his talents belong; he's just met the foxy (Irish) daughter of a local magnate, and seems to be doubting his faith (religious, marital) already! Gosh. Very well written.

    July 31, 2008

  • Wow. Is he still talking about "Eyetalians"? My Eyetalian grandfather and his brothers worked in a quarry. My grandfather saw his brother die in a landslide. I don't think they were compensated. *ponders*

    Can you tell me more about this book, yarb? I never heard of this one but it looks interesting.

    July 31, 2008

  • "I've had 'em in my quarries for years, an' they ain't got no idee of decency or fair dealin'. Every time the price of stone went up, every man of 'em would jine to screw more wages out o' me."

    - Harold Frederic, The Damnation of Theron Ware, ch. 3

    July 31, 2008