Saturday, June 20, 2015

From "Borstal Boy" - Civility Costs Nothing

I sat beside Charlie.  Opposite us, in the Black Maria, was a red-haired boy of my own age, and a small man with a broken nose, a cauliflower ear, and a begrudging look.  He was going up for kicking his wife.  He was not unfriendly, and told me his name was Donohoe.  I said that by a coincidence that was my mother's name.  It was not her name, but civility costs nothing.

Brendan Behan.

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