As in the static Ireland of the Emergency, in Watt's story "nothing" appears to happen, and this nothing happens in a resolutely parochial world--full of gossip, verbal Hibernicisms
, and markedly devoid of women, except as occasional sexual objects.
Maria Edgeworth comments on the supposedly feminine and, indeed, hedonistic practice of tea-drinking in Castle Rackrent and, in so doing, alludes to the ways in which tea-drinking had acquired heavily gendered and seemingly primitive connotations: in recounting the lavishness of Sir Condy Rackrent's parties, the 'oral' narrator, Thady Quirke, notes that 'there were grand dinners, and all the gentlemen drinking success to Sir Condy till they were carried off; and then dances and balls, and the ladies all finishing with a raking pot of tea in the morning.' (12) In the Glossary, written by the author and her father, Richard Lovell Edgeworth to translate the supposedly authentic Hibernicisms
of the narrator, Thady's mention of the 'raking pot of tea' is annotated in the following way: