Act 1* Pegeen Flaherty, a young woman of about twenty, is alone and tending the public house of her father while he is gone for the evening. * Pegeen writes a letter to a merchant about the items necessary for her upcoming marriage to Shawn Keogh, who just happens to come into the public house. * Due to religious convictions, Shawn cannot stay all night with Pegeen until they are married. * Pegeen wishes that Shawn were bolder and he is chided for this when Michael Flaherty and some of the local men come in for some ale. * Shawn is worried for Pegeen because he has heard the moans of a stranger lying in a ditch not too far away. * Christy Mahon arrives at the public house visibly tired and hungry. * Christy is not at ease until Michael tells the young man that the authorities do not frequent the public house. * Christy...
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