English Literature for Boys and Girls: Chapters 3, 4 and 5

So… Continuing off from where I was going to continue off from, which was last chapter, I’m going to continue.

Chapter 3

There once was a king, and his name was Conor. Now one night, Conor went to his chief Story-Teller’s house for dinner, and a child was born to Felim the story teller. Now there was a druid there, and the druid foretold that the daughter of Felim would later cause great ruin to the kingdom.

Everyone voted to kill the child (who they named Deirdre, which means trouble), but the King voted against, taking the baby and keeping her far away from everyone in a tower.

14 years later, Deirdre meets Naisi, who takes her away, so that they can marry each other. Now Conor wanted Deirdre for his Queen, and he was enraged to find that she had left. Naisi goes and hides her with his two brothers. They eventually for no reason set out for Conor’s palace, where Naisi and his brothers are killed, and she dies too, of sadness.

Moral: “Don’t go to places you know you”ll die at for no reason.”

Chapter 4

Once there was a man named James Macpherson, and he was a writer. He collected poems, and wrote poems, and compiled them into a book. People loved the book, and he got a lot of praise.

He published a second book, poems about Ossian, a poet. At first the book was met with praise, but some jealous Irish say that Ossian was an Irish poet, and James was stealing their heroes from them. A lot of people questioned whether he actually wrote the poems himself!

A famous writer, Dr. Samuel Johnson, hated James Macpherson, and told everybody he didn’t write the poems. Johnson was more known than Macpherson, so naturally, people believed him. To this day, we don’t actually know if he did write the poems or not….. So….

Moral: “Don’t steal (unless you really need to). “


Chapter 5

Chapter 5 was about a very hard to understand poem from his book, and in this book they stated that it really is hard to understand. Basically what happens is this:

Two armies, lead by two men named Cathullin and Swaran, are fighting. They fight for days, with no victor. Suddenly another man with an army comes in named Fingal, and Cathullin runs in fear. Now Fingal and Swaran fight for days. Then suddenly Swaran decides to make peace, and they departed as friends. Fingal returns to his homeland.

Moral: “Know your enemy, or a lot of pointless fighting will insue.”

That last chapter seemed kinda dumb to me…..

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