The Club – Michael Barry – 1280 words (General)
When a young man confronts his prospective father-in-law in his prestigious club seeking permission to propose to his daughter, many ears are tuned to the ensuing altercation. He is a well-known Radical separatist, the Professor, a pillar of the right-wing Irish establishment – and demands a high price for his daughter’s hand.
It was daunting even for a self-confident young man, entering the hallowed portals of the Conservative Club. This was not simply because he was not a member, but rather more importantly because he was well aware that his own politics were of a significantly different hue.
He was directed to the Smoking Room and as he entered this inner sanctum, he found a number of members already entrenched. He had been here before of course, but nevertheless - it was still daunting!
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