The main characters are Juno Boyle, Jack Boyle, Mary Boyle, Johnny Boyle and Joxer Daly. play that he is “struttin’ about the town like a paycock with Joxer, I suppose”. Act II opens with the stage directions stating that “the furniture is more. 2 ACT I The living room of a two-room tenancy occupied by the BOYLE family in a A 3 JUNO AND THE PAYCOCK ACT teapot is on the hob and a frying-pan. Juno and the Paycock Themes. “Isn’t all religions curious?-if they weren’t you wouldn’t get anyone to believe in them” – Captain Boyle, Act II.

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Ah no, ah no; he wouldn’t be afther doin’ that now. Haven’t I done ppaycock for Ireland! His face is invari- ably ornamented with a grin. Despite it being breakfast time Boyle has not yet returned from a night of drinking with his friend Joxer.

A nice way you were in last night — carried in in a frog’s march, dead to the world. As an unmarried mother, Mary’s situation would have attracted great stigma at the time. I seen things, I seen things, Joxer, that no mortal man should speak about that knows his Catechism. That’s the Government’s qnd, an’ let them do what we’re payin’ them for doin’. The image that Jack presents to the world seems very different from the reality, but he is given to self-delusion.

Paycokc tellin’ you seven pouns aren’t to be found growin’ on the bushes these days. We mighten’ want them, an’, then agen, we might: I suppose ’tis now, though you wouldn’t think it. No, but you seen Joxer.

She goes off with the gramophone. Joxer out on the roof with the win’ blowin’ through him was nothin’ to you an’ your friend with the collar an’ tie! Not as much as a red rex, man; I’ve been a bit anxious this long time over me money, an’ I went up to the solicitor’s to find out all I could — ah, man, they were goin’ to throw me down the stairs.

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You’re done with Joxer, are you? He’d have been betther for you than that Bentham. They pass out of the room. Come on, come on; that doesn’t matther; I’m masther now, an’ I’m goin’ to remain masther.

I was in bed when he stole in like a thief in the night, an’ before I knew even what he was thinkin’ of, he whipped them from the chair, an’ was off like a redshank!


E-e-e-eh, how much is this it is? The table is set for one.

Mary’ll be out to you in a minute. I know you an’ Joxer Daly of an oul’ date, an’, if you think you’re able to come it over me with them fairy tales, you’re in the wrong shop. Well, we all have to die some day. The foreman in Foley’s told acr you hadn’t left the snug with Joxer ten minutes before I went in.

Carryin’ that from Henry Street was no joke. His neck is short, and his head looks like a stone ball that one sometimes sees on top of a gate-post.

Men who have reached a high state of excellence are called Yogi. Mind the candle, now, an’ don’t burn the house over our heads.

Well, what about a bottle o’ stout or a dhrop o’ whisky? Jack is overjoyed at this and immediately vows to change his ways, promising Juno that he will stop drinking all the time with Joxer. The use of the word “strut” suggests a pompous style. I can’t stop, Mrs. I was jus’ tellin’ Mr. Yes — this place ud give you a crick in your neck. What d’ye want puttin’ them on an’ takin’ them off again? Ah, I thought there was somethin’ curious about the whole thing; I’ve bin havin’ sthrange dhreams for the last couple o’ weeks.


God help his poor oul’ creature of 51 mother, for no matther whose friend or enemy he was, he was her poor son. I’m afraid the missus ud pop in on us agen before aact know where we are.

It was simply due to an over- wrought imagination — we all get that way at times. Plaintively I’ll knock out a bit somewhere, never fear. How much would a top-coat jkno that be, now? Tancred, but to stay at home beside the fire with some o’ the neighbours. His walk is a stow, con- sequential strut. When you get your new job. There, dear, lie down in the bed, an’ I’ll put the quilt across you.

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That’s all over now. Boyle; I’m in a desperate hurry, a desperate hurry. Well, ever ac I shoved in the blankets I’ve been perishing with th’ cowld, an’ I’ve decided, if I’ll be too hot in th’ nex’ world aself, I’m not ane to be too cowld in this wan; an’ consequently, I want me three pouns, if you please. You could sing that if you had an air to it! I’ll have no breakfast — yous can keep your breakfast.

I wouldn’t let meself be pxycock down that easy, Mr. I don’t know what a girl on strike wants to be wearin’ a ribbon round her head for or silk stockins on her legs either; its wearin’ them things that make the employers think they’re givin’ yous too much money.

Picking up a book from the table Who’s is the buk? Persons are heard running down to the street, some saying, ” Here it is, here it is.