Riders to the Sea

How does maurya react to the news of Bartley's death?

explain this seemingly calm reaction

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Maurya's life is one constant reaction to the death of the men in her life. When Bartley's death is finally reported, she is not surprised. She has refused to bless him before he left; that refusal sets up his inevitable death in the same way her other sons have died. She lives a woman's life very different from the life of the men whose life (and death) are focused around the tragedies of the sea.