Mrs. Tarpey is a resident of the small Irish village where the play
Laying out a sheet for the dead! The Lord have mercy on us! Jack Smith dead, and his wife laying out a sheet for his burying! (Calls out.) Why didn’t you tell me that before, Shawn Early? Isn’t the deafness the great hardship? Half the world might be dead without me knowing of it or getting word of it at all! (She sits down and rocks herself.) O my poor Jack Smith! To be going to his work so nice and so hearty, and to be left stretched on the ground in the full light of the day!
Lady Gregory, Spreading the News, 1904, p. 12. [Full play text}(https://www.gutenberg.org/files/41653/41653-h/41653-h.htm)
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