• The narrator is a young boy who has made good friends with the parish priest, Father Flynn. Father Flynn has recently passed away. The narrator hears his family and their friends discussing Father Flynn's death and only realizes it is true when he sees the black ribbon hanging on a shop in town.
• The narrator and his aunt visit Father Flynn's house, where Father Flynn's sisters explain what happened. Father Flynn had broken a chalice, which, although empty, could have contained the sacramental wine. This experience was highly traumatic for him, and thereafter his health declined rapidly.
• Three boys make a plan to skip school in order to have an adventure like those they read about in Western novels. Only two of the boys actually go through with the plan, which involves skipping school and roaming Dublin for the day...
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