Three Things to Fear (Gogarty, 1937)

1.732. Oliver St. John Gogarty, As I Was Going Down Sackville Street: A Phantasy in Fact, (London: Rich & Cowan, Ltd., 1937), p. 267. BL 010821.ff.38

An extract from Oliver St. J. Gogarty, As I Was Going Down Sackville Street (1937), on ‘three things to fear’.

In this extract, Gogarty is describing being stopped on the road on the way back from Dunsany by two Black and Tans in the early 1920s:

¶¶“No. I was …” I said, adding, “If you don’t stop trembling that gun will go off.”
¶¶“It can be loaded again.” But the reference to the state of his nerves galled him. He smiled wryly. I thought of that old Irish triad: Three things to fear: the horns of a bull, the heels of a stallion, the smile of an Englishman.