Rose, Eilis’ 30 year old, and only, sister
Going Away and Arriving
“For each day… she needed a whole other day to contemplate what had happened and store it away,” page 60
“In the first few months I couldn’t find my way around at all and I was desperate to go home.” Page 38
“She was nobody here.”
“But the sadness won’t last so we’ll see what we can do for you.” Page 76.
“You’re homesick, that’s all. Everybody gets it… And the rule is to have someone to talk to and keep busy.” Page 78.
“it would be like covering a table with a table cloth, or closing curtains on a window;” page 79.
Pairs of Contrast
- Leaving home and arriving in Brooklyn
- Excitement at the newness of Brooklyn and sadness of homesickness
- The boarding house girls who are extroverts and live it up and those who are restrained
- Tony and Jim
Part One: Eilis in Enniscorthy
Part Two: Eilis new to Brooklyn
Part Three: Eilis moves to the basement room
Part Four: Eilis arrives back in Ireland