"Martha was what the villagers called fast. Most nights she went down to the Greyhound Hotel, dressed in a tight black suit with nothing under the jacket only a brassière, and with a chiffon scarf knotted at her throat. Strangers and commercial travellers admired her. Pale face, painted nails, blue-black pile of hair, madonna face, perched on a high stool in the lounge bar of the Greyhound Hotel, they through she looked sad. But Martha was not ever sad, unless being bored is a form of sadness." (37)

O'Brien, Edna. [green as Ireland, Cait and Baba] The Country Girls. Middlesex: Penguin Books Ltd., 1973 [1960].