REED: As the confessional panel slid open at the Pro-Cathedral, Reed recognized a cork accent which both thrilled and frightened him at the same time.

I’ll not be takin’ much of your time, for my sins are too many for a single sitting. But since I was in the neighborhood and saw that you were today’s confessor… well, I’m sure you read the papers and all that’s goin’ on. The news of the attempt on Lord French’s life was a bit sketchy. On purpose, to be sure.”

Reed took his cue and just listened.

You’ll get a good laugh over this. That Morgan fellow is too clever for his own good. He sent to London for a steno who understood the Irish, and one he could trust. You wouldn’t believe who he brought over, my second cousin, Nancy O’Brien. Can God be any more generous than that? Well I must be off. Some day, I’ll be back, beggin’ for absolution.”

Source: The Last of the Fenians

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