39. An Cat agus an tÓigfhear.

Tháinig grá ag cat d’óigfhear. D’iarr an caitín ar Bhénus í ’ chur i riocht mná óige. Do chuir, agus do pósadh í féin agus an t-óigfhear.

Ansan dob áil le Bhénus a dhéanamh amach ar athraigh aigne an chait fé mar ’ athraigh a gné.

Bhí an lánú ag caitheamh a gcoda lá i bhfochair a chéile. Chuir Bhénus luch ar an úrlár. Chonaic an bhean an luch. Ní túisce a chonaic ná do léim sí ón mbórd. Do leagadh an bórd agus do briseadh na miasa, ach do rugadh ar an luich.

“Éirím asat!” arsa Bhénus. “Ní dhéanfadh Éire dhíot ach cat!” agus chuir sí ’na riocht féin arís í. “Is maith atá scartha agatsa léi,” arsa Bhénus leis an bhfear.

An Múineadh.

“Briseann an dúchas trí shúilibh an chait.”

Seachainse, a mhic ó, agus ná pós cat i riocht mná óige, dá bhreáthacht í, nú bain an chluas díom go leagfar an bórd agus go mbrisfar na miasa lá éigin.

Foclóirín

Bhénus: the Roman goddess, Venus.
caitín: “little cat”.
cuid: “share”, but also “meal”. Ag caitheamh a gcoda, “eating their supper”. Note the plural coda where the CO has codanna.
éirím, éirí: “to rise, get up”. Éirím asat, “I’m through with you; I’ll have no more to do with you”.
gné: “form, appearance”.
lánú: “couple” or lánúin in the CO, where the historic dative has replaced the nominative.
ní dhéanfadh Éire dhíot ach cat!: possibly meaning “nothing will ever change you; you’ll always be a cat whatever I do”.
óigfhear: “young man”. Note that the CO spelling ógfhear poorly indicates the slender quality of the g. Pronounced /o:gʹər/ (but I am unclear as to whether the second vowel is obscured).

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