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Angela’sAshesAMemoirFRANKMCCOURTANGELA’SASHESAMemoir•FrankMcCourtscribnerSCRIBNERAvenueoftheAmericasNewYork,NYCopyright©byFrankMcCourtISBNThisbookisdedicatedtomybrothers,Malachy,Michael,AlphonsusIlearnfromyou,IadmireyouandIloveyouAcknowledgmentsThisisasmallhymntoanexaltationofwomenR’leneDahlbergfannedtheembersLisaSchwarzbaumreadearlypagesandencouragedmeMaryBreastedSmyth,elegantnovelistherself,readthefirstthirdandpasseditontoMollyFriedrich,whobecamemyagentandthoughtthatNanGraham,EditorinChiefatScribner,wouldbejusttherightpersontoputthebookontheroadAndMollywasrightMydaughter,Maggie,hasshownmehowlifecanbeagrandadventure,whileexquisitemomentswithmygranddaughter,Chiara,havehelpedmerecallasmallchild’swonderMywife,Ellen,listenedwhileIreadandcheeredmetothefinalpageIamblessedamongmenANGELA’SASHES文娟IMyfatherandmothershouldhavestayedinNewYorkwheretheymetandmarriedandwhereIwasbornInstead,theyreturnedtoIrelandwhenIwasfour,mybrother,Malachy,three,thetwins,OliverandEugene,barelyone,andmysister,Margaret,deadandgoneWhenIlookbackonmychildhoodIwonderhowIsurvivedatallItwas,ofcourse,amiserablechildhood:thehappychildhoodishardlyworthyourwhileWorsethantheordinarymiserablechildhoodisthemiserableIrishchildhood,andworseyetisthemiserableIrishCatholicchildhoodPeopleeverywherebragandwhimperaboutthewoesoftheirearlyyears,butnothingcancomparewiththeIrishversion:thepovertytheshiftlessloquaciousalcoholicfatherthepiousdefeatedmothermoaningbythefirepompouspriestsbullyingschoolmasterstheEnglishandtheterriblethingstheydidtousforeighthundredlongyearsAboveallwewerewetOutintheAtlanticOceangreatsheetsofraingatheredtodriftslowlyuptheRiverShannonandsettleforeverinLimerickTheraindampenedthecityfromtheFeastoftheCircumcisiontoNewYear’sEveItcreatedacacophonyofhackingcoughs,bronchialrattles,asthmaticwheezes,consumptivecroaksItturnednosesintofountains,文娟lungsintobacterialspongesItprovokedcuresgaloretoeasethecatarrhyouboiledonionsinmilkblackenedwithpepperforthecongestedpassagesyoumadeapasteofboiledflourandnettles,wrappeditinarag,andslappedit,sizzling,onthechestFromOctobertoAprilthewallsofLimerickglistenedwiththedampClothesneverdried:tweedandwoolencoatshousedlivingthings,sometimessproutedmysteriousvegetationsInpubs,steamrosefromdampbodiesandgarmentstobeinhaledwithcigaretteandpipesmokelacedwiththestalefumesofspilledstoutandwhiskeyandtingedwiththeodorofpisswaftinginfromtheoutdoorjakeswheremanyamanpukeduphisweek’swagesTheraindroveusintothechurchourrefuge,ourstrength,ouronlydryplaceAtMass,Benediction,novenas,wehuddledingreatdampclumps,dozingthroughpriestdrone,whilesteamroseagainfromourclothestominglewiththesweetnessofincense,flowersandcandlesLimerickgainedareputationforpiety,butweknewitwasonlytherainMyfather,MalachyMcCourt,wasbornonafarminToome,CountyAntrimLikehisfatherbefore,hegrewupwild,introublewiththeEnglish,ortheIrish,orbothHefoughtwiththeOldIRAandforsomedesperateacthewoundupafugitivewithapriceonhisheadWhenIwasachildIwouldlookatmyfather,thethinninghair,thecollapsingteeth,andwonderwhyanyonewouldgivemoneyforaheadlikethatWhenIwasthirteenmyfather’smothertoldmeasecret:asaweeladyourpoorfatherwasdroppedonhisheadItwasanaccident,hewasneverthesameafter,andyoumustrememberthatpeopledroppedontheirheadscanbeabitpeculiarBecauseofthepriceontheheadhehadbeendroppedon,hehadtobespiritedoutofIrelandviacargoshipfromGalwayInNewYork,withProhibitioninfullswing,hethoughthehaddiedandgonetohellforhissinsThenhediscoveredspeakeasiesandherejoicedAfterwanderinganddrinkinginAmericaandEnglandheyearnedforpeaceinhisdecliningyearsHereturnedtoBelfast,whicheruptedallaroundhimHesaid,Apoxonalltheirhouses,andchattedwiththeladiesofAndersontownTheytemptedhimwithdelicaciesbuthewavedthemawayanddrankhisteaHenolongersmokedortouchedalcohol,sowhatwastheuseItwastimetogoandhediedintheRoyalVictoriaHospitalMymother,theformerAngelaSheehan,grewupinaLimerickslumwithhermother,twobrothers,ThomasandPatrick,andasister,AgnesSheneversawherfather,whohadrunofftoAustraliaweeksbeforeherbirthAfteranightofdrinkingporterinthepubsofLimerickhestaggersdownthelanesinginghisfavoritesong,WhothrewtheoverallsinMrsMurphy’schowderNobodyspokesohesaiditallthelouderIt’sadirtyIrishtrickandIcanlicktheMickWhothrewtheoverallsinMurphy’schowderHe’singreatformaltogetherandhethinkshe’llplayawhilewithlittlePatrick,oneyearoldLovelylittlefellaLoveshisdaddyLaughswhenDaddythrowshimupintheairUpsydaisy,littlePaddy,upsydaisy,upintheairinthedark,sodark,oh,Jasus,youmissthechildonthewaydownandpoorlittlePatricklandsonhishead,gurglesabit,whimpers,goesquietGrandmaheavesherselffromthebed,heavywiththechildinherbelly,mymotherShe’sbarelyabletoliftlittlePatrickfromthefloorShemoansalongmoanoverthechildandturnsonGrandpaGetoutofitOutIfyoustayhereaminutelongerI’lltakethehatchettoyou,youdrunkenlunaticByJesus,I’llswingattheendofaropeforyouGetoutGrandpastandshisgroundlikeamanIhavearight,hesays,tostayinmeownhouseSherunsathimandhemeltsbeforethiswhirlingdervishwithadamagedchildinherarmsandahealthyonestirringinsideHestumblesfromthehouse,upthelane,anddoesn’tstoptillhereachesMelbourneinAustraliaLittlePat,myuncle,wasneverthesameafterHegrewupsoftintheheadwithaleftlegthatwentoneway,hisbodytheotherHeneverlearnedtoreadorwritebutGodblessedhiminanotherwayWhenhestartedtosellnewspapersattheageofeighthecouldcountmoneybetterthantheChancelloroftheExchequerhimselfNooneknewwhyhewascalledAbSheehan,TheAbbot,butallLimericklovedhimMymother’stroublesbeganthenightshewasbornThereismygrandmotherinthebedheavingandgaspingwiththelaborpains,prayingtoStGerardMajella,patronsaintofexpectantmothersThereisNurseO’Halloran,themidwife,alldressedupinherfineryIt’sNewYear’sEveandMrsO’HalloranisanxiousforthischildtobebornsothatshecanrushofftothepartiesandcelebrationsShetellsmygrandmother:Willyoupush,willyou,pushJesus,MaryandholyStJoseph,ifyoudon’thurrywiththischilditwon’tbeborntilltheNewYearandwhatgoodisthattomewithmenewdressNevermindStGerardMajellaWhatcanamandoforawomanatatimelikethisevenifheisasaintStGerardMajellamyarseMygrandmotherswitchesherprayerstoStAnn,patronsaintofdifficultlaborButthechildwon’tcomeNurseO’Hallorantellsmygrandmother,PraytoStJude,patronsaintofdesperatecasesStJude,patronofdesperatecases,helpmeI’mdesperateShegruntsandpushesandtheinfant’sheadappears,onlythehead,mymother,andit’sthestrokeofmidnight,theNewYearLimerickCityeruptswithwhistles,horns,sirens,brassbands,peoplecallingandsinging,HappyNewYearShouldauldacquaintancebeforgot,andchurchbellsalloverringouttheAngelusandNurseO’Halloranweepsforthewasteofadress,thatchildstillinthereandmeinmefineryWillyoucomeout,child,willyouGrandmagivesagreatpushandthechildisintheworld,alovelygirlwithblackcurlyhairandsadblueeyesAh,Lordabove,saysNurseO’Halloran,thischildisatimestraddler,bornwithherheadintheNewYearandherarseintheOldorwasitherheadintheOldYearandherarseintheNewYou’llhavetowritetothePope,missus,tofindoutwhatyearthischildwasborninandI’llsavethisdressfornextyearAndthechildwasnamedAngelafortheAngeluswhichrangthemidnighthour,theNewYear,theminuteofhercomingandbecauseshewasalittleangelanywayLoveherasinchildhoodThoughfeeble,oldandgreyForyou’llnevermissamother’sloveTillshe’sburiedbeneaththeclayAttheStVincentdePaulSchool,Angelalearnedtoread,write,andcalculateandbyherninthyearherschoolingwasdoneShetriedherhandatbeingacharwoman,askivvy,amaidwithalittlewhitehatopeningdoors,butshecouldnotmanagethelittlecurtsythatisrequiredandhermothersaid,Youdon’thavetheknackofitYou’repureuselessWhydon’tyougotoAmericawherethere’sroomforallsortsofuselessnessI’llgiveyouthefareShearrivedinNewYorkjustintimeforthefirstThanksgivingDayoftheGreatDepressionShemetMalachyatapartygivenbyDanMacAdoreyandhiswife,Minnie,onClassonAvenueinBrooklynMalachylikedAngelaandshelikedhimHehadahangdoglook,whichcamefromthethreemonthshehadjustspentinjailforhijackingatruckHeandhisfriendJohnMcErlainebelievedwhattheyweretoldinthespeakeasy,thatthetruckwaspackedtotheroofwithcasesofcannedporkandbeansNeitherknewhowtodriveandwhenthepolicesawthetrucklurchandjerkalongMyrtleAvenuetheypulleditoverThepolicesearchedthetruckandwonderedwhyanyonewouldhijackatruckcontaining,notporkandbeans,butcasesofbuttonsWithAngeladrawntothehangdoglookandMalachylonelyafterthreemonthsinjail,therewasboundtobeakneetremblerAkneetrembleristheactitselfdoneupagainstawall,manandwomanupontheirtoes,strainingsohardtheirkneestremblewiththeexcitementthat’sinitThatkneetremblerputAngelainaninterestingconditionand,ofcourse,therewastalkAngelahadcousins,theMacNamarasisters,DeliaandPhilomena,married,respectively,toJimmyFortuneofCountyMayo,andTommyFlynn,ofBrooklynitselfDeliaandPhilomenawerelargewomen,greatbreastedandfierceWhentheysailedalongthesidewalksofBrooklynlessercreaturessteppedaside,respectwasshownThesistersknewwhatwasrightandtheyknewwhatwaswrongandanydoubtscouldberesolvedbytheOne,Holy,Roman,CatholicandApostolicChurchTheyknewthatAngela,unmarried,hadnorighttobeinaninterestingconditionandtheywouldtakestepsStepstheytookWithJimmyandTommyintowtheymarchedtothespeakeasyonAtlanticAvenuewhereMalachycouldbefoundonFriday,paydaywhenhehadajobThemaninthespeak,JoeyCacciamani,didnotwanttoadmitthesistersbutPhilomenatoldhimthatifhewantedtokeepthenoseonhisfaceandthatdooronitshingeshe’dbetteropenupfortheywerethereonGod’sbusinessJoeysaid,Awright,awright,youIrishJeezoz!Trouble,troubleMalachy,atthefarendofthebar,turnedpale,gavethegreatbreastedonesasicklysmile,offeredthemadrinkTheyresistedthesmileandspurnedtheofferDeliasaid,Wedon’tknowwhatclassofatribeyoucomefromintheNorthofIrelandPhilomenasaid,ThereisasuspicionyoumighthavePresbyteriansinyourfamily,whichwouldexplainwhatyoudidtoourcousinJimmysaid,Ah,now,ah,now’Tisn’thisfaultifthere’sPresbyteriansinhisfamilyDeliasaid,YoushuddupTommyhadtojoininWhatyoudidtothatpoorunfortunategirlisadisgracetotheIrishraceandyoushouldbeashamedofyourselfOch,Iam,saidMalachyIamNobodyaskedyoutotalk,saidPhilomenaYoudoneenoughdamagewithyourblather,soshutyouryapAndwhileyouryapisshut,saidDelia,we’reheretoseeyoudotherightthingbyourpoorcousin,AngelaSheehanMalachysaid,Och,indeed,indeedTherightthingistherightthingandI’dbegladtobuyyoualladrinkwhilewehavethislittletalkTakethedrink,saidTommy,andshoveitupyourassPhilomenasaid,OurlittlecousinnosoonergetsofftheboatthanyouareatherWehavemoralsinLimerick,youknow,moralsWe’renotlikejackrabbitsfromAntrim,aplacecrawlingwithPresbyteriansJimmysaid,Hedon’tlooklikeaPresbyterianYoushuddup,saidDeliaAnotherthingwenoticed,saidPhilomenaYouhaveaveryoddmannerMalachysmiledIdoYoudo,saysDeliaIthink’tisoneofthefirstthingswenoticedaboutyou,thatoddmanner,anditgivesusaveryuneasyfeeling’TisthatsneakylittlePresbyteriansmile,saidPhilomenaOch,saidMalachy,it’sjustthetroubleIhavewithmyteethTeethornoteeth,oddmannerornooddmanner,you’regonnamarrythatgirl,saidTommyUpthemiddleaisleyou’regoingOch,saidMalachy,Iwasn’tplanningtogetmarried,youknowThere’snoworkandIwouldn’tbeabletosupportMarriediswhatyou’regoingtobe,saidDeliaUpthemiddleaisle,saidJimmyYoushuddup,saidDeliaMalachywatchedthemleaveI’minadesperatepickle,hetoldJoeyCacciamaniBetyourass,saidJoeyIseethembabescomin’atmeIjumpinnaHudsonRiverMalachyconsideredthepicklehewasinHehadafewdollarsinhispocketfromthelastjobandhehadanuncleinSanFranciscooroneoftheotherCaliforniaSansWouldn’thebebetteroffinCalifornia,farfromthegreatbreastedMacNamarasistersandtheirgrimhusbandsHewould,indeed,andhe’dhaveadropoftheIrishtocelebratehisdecisionanddepartureJoeypouredandthedrinknearlytooktheliningoffMalachy’sgulletIrish,indeed!HetoldJoeyitwasaProhibitionconcoctionfromthedevil’sownstillJoeyshruggedIdon’tknownothingIonlypourStill,itwasbetterthannothingandMalachywouldhaveanotherandoneforyourself,Joey,andaskthemtwodecentItalianswhatthey’dlikeandwhatareyoutalkingabout,ofcourse,IhavethemoneytopayforitHeawokeonabenchintheLongIslandRailroadStation,acoprappingonhisbootswithanightstick,hisescapemoneygone,theMacNamarasistersreadytoeathimaliveinBrooklynOnthefeastofStJoseph,abitterdayinMarch,fourmonthsafterthekneetrembler,MalachymarriedAngelaandinAugustthechildwasbornInNovemberMalachygotdrunkanddecideditwastimetoregisterthechild’sbirthHethoughthemightnamethechildMalachy,afterhimself,buthisNorthofIrelandaccentandthealcoholicmumbleconfusedtheclerksomuchhesimplyenteredthenameMaleonthecertificateNotuntillateDecemberdidtheytakeMaletoStPaul’sChurchtobebaptizedandnamedFrancisafterhisfather’sfatherandthelovelysaintofAssisiAngelawantedtogivehimamiddlename,Munchin,afterthepatronsaintofLimerickbutMalachysaidoverhisdeadbodyNosonofhiswouldhaveaLimericknameIt’shardenoughgoingthroughlifewithonenameStickingonmiddlenameswasanatrociousAmericanhabitandtherewasnoneedforasecondnamewhenyou’rechristenedafterthemanfromAssisiTherewasadelaythedayofthebaptismwhenthechosengodfather,JohnMcErlaine,gotdrunkatthespeakeasyandforgothisresponsibilitiesPhilomenatoldherhusband,Tommy,he’dhavetobegodfatherChild’ssoulisindanger,shesaidTommyputhisheaddownandgrumbledAllrightI’llbegodfatherbutI’mnotgoin’toberesponsibleifhegrowsuplikehisfathercausin’troubleandgoin’throughlifewiththeoddmannerforifhedoeshecangotoJohnMcErlaineatthespeakeasyThepriestsaid,Trueforyou,Tom,decentmanthatyouare,finemanthatneversetfootinsideaspeakeasyMalachy,freshfromthespeakeasyhimself,feltinsultedandwantedtoarguewiththepriest,onesacrilegeontopofanotherTakeoffthatcollarandwe’llseewho’sthemanHehadtobeheldbackbythegreatbreastedonesandtheirhusbandsgrimAngela,newmother,agitated,forgotshewasholdingthechildandlethimslipintothebaptismalfont,atotalimmersionoftheProtestanttypeThealtarboyassistingthepriestpluckedtheinfantfromthefontandrestoredhimtoAngela,whosobbedandclutchedhim,dripping,toherbosomThepriestlaughed,saidhehadneverseenthelikes,thatthechildwasaregularlittleBaptistnowandhardlyneededapriestThismaddenedMalachyagainandhewantedtojumpatthepriestforcallingthechildsomeclassofaProtestantThepriestsaid,Quiet,man,you’reinGod’shouse,andwhenMalachysaid,God’shouse,myarse,hewasthrownoutonCourtStreetbecauseyoucan’tsayarseinGod’shouseAfterbaptismPhilomenasaidshehadteaandhamandcakesinherhousearoundthecornerMalachysaid,Teaandshesaid,Yes,tea,orisitwhiskeyyouwantHesaidteawasgrandbutfirsthe’dhavetogoanddealwithJohnMcErlaine,whodidn’thavethedecencytocarryouthisdutiesasgodfatherAngelasaid,You’reonlylookingforanexcusetoruntothespeakeasy,andhesaid,AsGodismywitness,thedrinkisthelastthingonmymindAngelastartedtocryYourson’schristeningdayandyouhavetogodrinkingDeliatoldhimhewasadisgustingspecimenbutwhatcouldyouexpectfromtheNorthofIrelandMalachylookedfromonetotheother,shiftedonhisfeet,pulledhiscapdownoverhiseyes,shovedhishandsdeepinhistrouserpockets,said,Och,aye,thewaytheydointhefarreachesofCountyAntrim,turned,hurriedupCourtStreettothespeakeasyonAtlanticAvenuewherehewassurethey’dplyhimwithfreedrinkinhonorofhisson’sbaptismAtPhilomena’shousethesistersandtheirhusbandsateanddrankwhileAngelasatinacornernursingthebabyandcryingPhilomenastuffedhermouthwithbreadandhamandrumbledatAngela,That’swhatyougetforbeingsuchafoolHardlyofftheboatandyoufallforthatlunaticYoushouldastayedsingle,

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