"Land is the only thing in the world that amounts to anything" he shouted, his thick short arms making wide gestures of indignation "for tis the only thing in this world that lasts, and don't you be forgetting it ! Tis the only thing worth working for, worth fighting for - worth dying for"
"Oh pa" she said disgustedly, "you talk like an Irishman!"
"Have I ever been ashamed of it?" No, tis proud I am. And don't be forgetting that you are half Irish, Miss! And to anyone with a drop of Irish blood in them the land they live on is like their mother.....Twill come to you, this love of the land. There's no getting away from it, if your Irish"
From Gone with the Wind
Mitchell, Margaret: In 1930, a 22 year old Margaret Mitchell published a romantic novel she had been working on in college called "Gone with the Wind" The book went on to win a Pulitzer Prize and is still one of the best selling works of fiction in the history of American publishing. The saga is based on the lives of the clan of transplanted Irish rebel named Gerald O'Hara, who had fled Ireland under sentence of death from the English government. At one point in the book, when O'Hara's daughter, Scarlett, scoffs at her fathers preoccupation with their estate, appropriately named Tara, after the mythical Celtic land to the west.