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The 3 Daughters of King Coluath O'Hara - Page 23

That is, there are things that are proceeding, and there are proceedings taking place.

This week I learned the joys of car ownership, and I learned why used car dealers have earned a reputation for being liars. They lie. They lie flatly and openly. They practice lying and they practice the best ways to lie. They sit around and think up new ways to lie, and new things to lie about. They have no shame about lying, either.

And it's off-putting to the average man who goes about his life dealing honestly with people who also deal honestly. The average man (me, for example) is surprised by another man sitting there and openly telling provable lies that he is not sure how to respond. This guy was lying to my face.

Story for another time, there's too much to tell. But when you go into the car dealer, establish beforehand what the price of the car will be and include everything, the warranties, dealer discounts, whatever. Go to the car dealership with the full understanding that you are paying X dollars for your car with X additional features, and that and X dollars is a fair price for the car. Also make certain that the dealership understands you will be paying X dollars for the car with X additional features.

And on the day you come in, the car dealership will come up with dozens of different reasons why you have to pay thousands of dollars more to get the car that you wanted.

You have, as they say, been warned.

Thanks for visiting! See ya next week!

Comic transcript

You're reading a page from a comic book based on the ancient Irish Myth the Three daughters of King Coluath O'hara. The translation and story was from Jeremiah Curtin's book Irish Myths and Fairy Tales but don't go and spoil the comic by reading it. I'll be posting a page a week, and the first page is here. Please let me know in the comments if you want to buy a copy and end the suspense, and if enough people want it then hey I'll publish it. Thanks!

So the henwife, she had asked her child who gave her that costume of the finest gold anyone had ever seen, and the child replied "A strange woman that is in the house beyond."

The Henwife, she went straight to the Queen of Tir Na n-Og and said "There is a strange woman in the place, who will be likely to take your husband from you, unless you banish her away or do something to her."

The henwife added, showing the queen the strange golden clothes of her daughter, "For she has a pair of scissors different from anything ever seen or heard of in this country. "

When the queen heard this she sent word to the princess that, unless the scissors were given up to her without delay, she would have the head off her. And I'll note here that beheading is a common punishment in these Irish myths. The Queen of Tir na n-Og is an interesting character. She has the power to behead this stranger, and presumably she is acting on the advice of the henwife, who said she will take away her husband. So the Queen could have taken the third daughter's head all along, but instead the queen decided to get the scissors.

The princess said she would give up the scissors if the queen would let her pass one night with her husband. The queen answered that she was willing to give her the one night. So we learn the Queen of Tir na n-Og wanted the scissors enough to let the third daughter spend one night with her husband, in return for the scissors. When, all along, the Queen could have simply ended the threat by taking the princess's life. Is the queen just toying with the princess? Or is there a deeper game being played here?

The princess came and gave up the scissors, and went to her own husband. But the queen had given him a drink, and he fell asleep, and never woke till after the princess had gone in the morning. One last thing I'll point out here, the third daughter was married to the guy who was formerly a dog. So the guy right now, he is a bigamist, as he is married to the Queen of Tir na N-Og. This changes the relationship between the queen, the princess, and their husband, but we don't know for certain what Tir na n-Og's laws are about this situation. Perhaps it makes them kin? Perhaps this is the reason for the queen's reluctance to kill the third daughter?

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