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And] Una was “to care for the sick”’, either as a nurse or doctor (given the Logue emphasis on the professions, the latter is by far the more likely career choice). Una does not appear in the play. She has moved to London and married a man old enough to be her father. Nothing is said of any career path she may have been pursuing. Instead, her social and professional ambitions have been realized by how she chooses to be known in England: as ‘Mrs Doctor Michael Boyd Hepburn’. In To This Hard House, Rita Stone moved to England to realize her musical ambitions, though what has been reported back to the family about her professional progress falls far short of that ideal: playing piano in a third-rate establishment at an English seaside town.
After all of the anticipatory verbal touring around the Inishowen peninsula in which he has indulged Willie in the end is left behind and Chris goes on her own. The proposed trip to Donegal signals the youngest daughter’s exit from the play; she never returns. In the following scene, Willie attempts to account for her non-appearance. Rather than confronting the fact of his daughter’s seduction and elopement in which his role has been akin to that of a pimp, Willie instead proposes a political reason for the couple’s disappearance: the hard fact of the border between Donegal and Derry.
Georges Tournier, allegedly a traveller for a French wine firm who has, as Kevin acerbically puts it, agreed ‘to hold a conversation with Miss Euphemia Pink’s pupils of the Municipal Technical College’. We hear details of the romance between The Early Plays 23 the Frenchman and the Derry woman at one remove. He never visits the Logue household, and the mother is quick to scent that he thinks socially they are beneath him. Instead, Chris spends her time ‘gallivanting off to Belfast’ and threatening to leave her job in Derry.