Pluterperfect imperturbability

Rather than simply identifying a potential problem (FMD) and a solution (inoculation), Deasy's letter sets the stage with a grand consideration of Irish economic history, past present and future. A thread of conspiracy-theory runs through it all, and after Stephen finishes reading the letter, Deasy tells him that conspiracies are thwarting his own efforts to call attention to the FMD problem: "I am trying to work up influence with the department. Now I'm going to try publicity. I am surrounded by difficulties, by... intrigues by... backstairs influence by..."

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Report on Agricultural Statics of Ireland for 1904, compiled by the Department of Agriculture and Technical Instruction for Ireland, "Presented to both Houses of Parliament by Command of His Majesty," printed by Alexander Thom & Co. (publisher of Thom's Dublin Directory). Source: eppi.dippam.ac.uk.