The Irish writer died on this day in 1941.
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An extract from the short story “The Dead” (1914 Dubliners)
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Read this final paragraph from the short story and complete the text with the words provided below:
softly; universe; taps; waves; newspapers; swooned; sleepily; out; lonely; treeless
- A few light (taps) upon the pane made him turn to the window. It had begun to snow again. He watched (sleepily) the flakes, silver and dark, falling obliquely against the lamplight. The time had come for him to set (out) on his journey westward. Yes, the (newspapers) were right: snow was general all over Ireland. It was falling on every part of the dark central plain, on the (treeless) hills, falling (softly) upon the Bog of Allen and, farther westward, softly falling into the dark mutinous Shannon (waves). It was falling, too, upon every part of the (lonely) churchyard on the hill where Michael Furey lay buried. It lay thickly drifted on the crooked crosses and headstones, on the spears of the little gate, on the barren thorns. His soul (swooned) slowly as he heard the snow falling faintly through the (universe) and faintly falling, like the descent of their last end, upon all the living and the dead.