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they have been together for several months, are happy together and want to get married in a few years' time. Quite an unusual ending for Maeve Binchy, but I like it the way it is.
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she dies in a car accident. Louis calls Lena and threatens to tell the truth about her. Lena hangs up on him, but at night she drives to Brighton and has an accident. Kit forces Louis to attend the funeral.
Yes. She hides in the bushes when the ball at the Central Hotel takes place. Kit hears that she is there, but when she sets out to find her, Lena is gone. She later asks Stevie to make a call and check if Lena is alright.
he made Kevin's and Michael's sister Mary Paula pregnant and has to marry her. Mary Paula is the sister of Clio's boyfriend Michael O'Connor. Lena seems to cope with it, but on the wedding she turns up and is just about to do something when Kit spots her and holds her back. We never learn what Lena wanted to do, but she had nearly lost her mind.
Kit. Sister Madeleine leaves Lough Glass and goes to a nunnery.
Emmet had begged her to do so. Emmet is madly in love with Clio's sister Anna, but she has dumped him for Stevie. So Emmet begs Kit to make a pass at Stevie in order to distract him from Anna. None of them would have thought that things would turn out to become serious between Kit and Stevie.
Dawn. Lena hears Dawn say something about a guilty conscience because Lena is so nice, and she slept with her husband. Lena then fires her, although Dawn is very good in her job.
Grace owns the beauty salon that Lena always goes to.
the mentally slightly disordered man who mugged Mrs. Sullivan and Martin McMahon. He lives with Sister Madeleine for about six weeks.
Lena sends Kit a dress for the wedding. Lena is very relieved to hear that Kit doesn't tell that she's still alive. She sends her a dress for Martin's and Maura's wedding, and after a while, the two of them get in touch again.
Mr. Tyrone. Louis, who is constantly untrue to Lena, has left her, but some time later he returns to her. Ivy calls Lena to tell her that he just came for the keys, and since she knows that Dawn, Lena's colleague, is listening, she employs a "code" - she calls Louis "Mr. Tyrone" after Tyrone Power, because Louis looks so much like a movie star.
for Kit's 13th birthday. Lena desparately wants to know how her kids are doing, so she gets in touch with Kit, pretending to be an old friend of Helen's. She sends her letters to Sister Madeleine, who seems to know about the whole thing. Kit and Lena stay in touch for some years, until Kit travels to London and wants to visit her. That's where she learns that Lena Gray is actually her mother, whom she had thought to be dead.
Dryden. Louis works in the Dryden. His boss is James Williams, who later develops a crush on Lena. Louis has a very good job at the hotel, but he also uses it to cover his several affairs.
The Central Hotel is in Lough Glass and is owned by Dan and Mildred O'Brien. Their son Philip has been in love with Kit for years.
Ivy Brown. Ivy is actually the first person to call Helen "Lena", and Louis likes the name, so they stick to it. "Lena Gray" is born.
Dawn Jones and Jessie Millar are Lena's colleagues, and Kathleen Sullivan is Stevie's mother. She owns a gas station in Lough Glass.
she burns the letter her mother left on Martin's pillow. Kit thinks that Helen McMahon committed suicide and that the letter she left proves it. So she burns it without reading it in order to make it possible for Helen's body to be buried in sacred ground (for suicide is a sin). Actually, Helen went away with her first and only love, Louis Gray, and she explained everything to Martin in the letter.
doctor. Peter Kelly is Martin McMahon's best friend. They often go together to Paddles' pub to have a beer or two. The other pub in Lough Glass is called Shea's and is located just opposite the Central Hotel.
his stutter. Sister Madeleine lives in a hut near the lake, and everyone comes to visit her from time to time and tells her their problems. She is always ready to help. When Emmet comes to her, she reads poetry with him, and Emmet's stutter starts to go away.
Green Lake. ... though Kit thinks that the lake sometimes really looks like crystal. Interesting enough, the novel is called "The Glass Lake", not "The Green Lake" - but the German title is "The Green Lake".
Mary Katherine. She was christened Mary Katherine McMahon. It is mentioned several times, though quite late.
|Muttie won a great deal of money on a horse race toward the end of the book. What type of bet had he placed that caused the whole family to cheer and watch the horse racing as the day unfolded?||"Scarlet Feather" by Maeve Binchy
Accumulator. An "accumulator" requires that you choose a winner for each race in the day. Any winnings from a horse are then placed on the next horse on your list. If you miss even one, the chain is broken and you are at ZERO. The chances of winning one of these are astronomical, even if you've studied form your whole life.
Hooves. The twins named him after the "thundering sound of hooves that gets into your heart," which was Muttie's explanation of his horse-racing addiction.
|Cathy's sister Marian asked them to cater her Dublin wedding. What dish were Tom and Cathy horrified to discover that Marian and her American fiance wished to feature as the main dish?||"Scarlet Feather" by Maeve Binchy
Corned Beef and Cabbage. Corned Beef and Cabbage is actually an AMERICAN invention, originating from the proximity of the Irish neighborhoods to the Jewish sections (and of the fabulous deli) in New York City at the turn of the century. No self-respecting Irish chef (including Tom and Cathy) would embrace this as a hallmark of their skill!
Walter Mitchell. Neal's cousin was desperate for cash to pay off a gambling debt, and filled with rage over what he saw as unfair treatment from Tom and Cathy. The twins unwittingly provided him the method of entry.
196. They used the initials "S" and "F" and their places in the alphabet so that "even men can remember it." Simon took great offence at this, insisting that "I don't think men are more stupid than the rest of people, really..." This is one of my favorite lines in the book.
The Beeches. Although they came from a wealthy family, the poor twins lived a very dysfunctional existence before they came into the book, with a "drinky" mother and a vague father prone to disappearing out of the country. The Beeches had to be sold at the end of the book to provide a future for the children.
|Mrs. Mitchell asked Cathy to go to lunch with her in an expensive restaurant. What was the name of this restaurant, managed by the able Brenda Brennan?||"Scarlet Feather" by Maeve Binchy
Quentin's. This restaurant has featured in several of Binchy's books, including "Evening Class" and the eponymous "Quentin's." Cathy and Tom were well known in that establishment, having worked internships there before they embarked on their catering careers.
Pastry. This recipe includes only flour, salt, eggs, butter, and cold water. Most people use this texture of pastry for eclairs or profiteroles. Cathy and Tom had a signature dish of roast beef and horseradish sauce in a little choux pastry, which they often served as a starter.
Making girls' dresses. Joe was actually a clothing importer, working out of an office in London. Mr. Feather was just being sarcastic, as he was very disappointed that neither of his sons wanted to come into the building trade with him.
Foster Child. James Byrne and his wife Una were forced to give up fourteen-year-old Shona and send her back to her biological mother after ten years of living as a family. Shona was a close friend of Cathy and Tom's, and James was their accountant.
Baby chickens. June was working with some poussins in the catering kitchen, triggering Cathy's morning sickness and letting the cat out of the bag about Cathy's pregnancy.
St. Jarlath's Crescent. St. Jarlath is an Irish saint, known primarily for opening a famous college in the 6th century. His feast day is June 6th.
Muttie and Muttie's wife. They began calling Lizzie Scarlet "Muttie's wife", as they didn't know her actual name. Later, they kept it up out of habit, though they also occasionally called her Lizzie.