As they drive towards Lough Derg, Bobby interrogates Jenny as to her motivations for wishing to visit Lough Derg this year of all years. She responds that it is a particularly Irish form of religious devotion and expression.
"'And as parliament is usually dead slow,' added the Captain, 'it is much to be wished that Paddy, in the meanwhile, would take the affair [of Otter fishing] into his own hands : he is just the boy to do it well.'…"
"The original name of the lake was Finn-loch - the Fair Lake. Those who have visited Lough Derg in the summer and looked on its natural beauties may well approve of the name given by our Pagan ancestors..."