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This is Phyllis McCormack. She lived in 1845 in Queens County in the South of Ireland. She is an Irish Catholic. Phyllis and her family mainly feed on potatoes,which is their main meal. It is now Summer and there is little to eat,so they have to feed on there harvests[potatoes].
It says that 'the growth of the potato plant progresses as favourably as the most sanguine farmer could wish.'
Phyllis has a brother called Pat. Pat has a new friend called Ned. Ned and Pat talk about things against the Law,which leads to bad actions. Sometimes Pat doesn't come home for days and Phyllis gets worried. Phyllis doesn't like Ned because he is a bit odd.
In areas where the crop is good,the very next day potatoes dug from the selfsame ridges are black and rotten.
Pat and Ned have to go on the run because he is wanted by the police because he has disobeyed the Law.
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