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The Well of the Saints
John Millington Synge
Project Gutenberg
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Martin and Mary Doul are two blind beggars who have been led to believe that they are beautiful by the lies of the townsfolk, when in fact they are old and ugly. A saint cures them of their blindness with water from a holy well, and at first sight they are disgusted by each other. Martin goes to work for Timmy the smith and tries to seduce his betrothed, Molly, but she viciously rejects him, and Timmy sends him away. He and Mary both lose their sight again, and when the saint returns to wed Timmy and Molly, Martin refuses his offer to cure their blindness again. The saint takes offense and the townsfolk banish the couple, who head south in search of kinder neighbors.