Clan Honor Monday
continues with this little story from 1858. Fitz presents us with a
young doctor, a mysterious woman who begs him to make a house call, and
a tiny ingot of gold.
Of course a man named O’Brien would have written something Irish for a March 1861 issue of Harper’s. And of course it’s going to be pulling on your heartstrings. It’s Irish! As Chesterton pointed out, “All their wars are merry, And all their songs are sad.” And their poems, too.
“The Diamond Lens” was one of Fitz-James O’Brien’s most acclaimed stories. You won’t really know why until I post Part 2. (Sorry about that.) Still, the setup section is pretty interesting and bizarre in itself. (Although I can’t figure out if he was gullible about spiritualism, or he liked writing about how it would work if it really were real.)