By Katies reaction to Francie putting her hands in the bucket the reader can

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By Katie’s reaction to Francie putting her hands in the bucket, the reader can see she is ashamed
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that she must do manual labor like cleaning on her hands and knees. Katie’s motive for pushing her children to get through school, rather than taking a burden off of her by letting them get jobs, shows how much she truly loves them by wanting to set them up for a better life than she had. The reader also gets to see how much Francie cares for her family, even though their love for her does not always show through when she attempts to alleviate her mother’s work-load and give her a few minutes of rest. “Katie stared at her a moment with her mouth open. Then she started to laugh. Evy laughed and Francie laughed. The two Rommley girls and Francie who was half a Rommely stood there laughing about a secret they shared concerning the weakness of a man. Those were the Rommely women: Mary the mother, Evy, Sissy, and Katie, her daughters, and Francie, who would grow up to be a Rommely woman even though her name was Nolan. They were all slender, frail creatures with wondering eyes and soft fluttery voices. But they were made out of thin invisible steel.” Page: 68 Speaker:Narrator Context:This quote is from the early parts of the novel in which the background on Katie Rommely and Johnny Nolan are being set up and explaining their family life from a young age. -A common theme of the novel of a woman having great mental strength in a household compared to a typically weak physical one is seen here. Strength is presented in an ironic way here in that the Rommely women are described with words such as slender, frail and soft. But then are said to be made of steel. This shows that even though women may look weak and powerless, especially compared to a strong and bulky husband, their inner strength and perseverance are incredible. This is also an ironic demonstration of a man’s weakness in that though they may physically appear strong, some men, especially the ones that the Rommely women fall for, are weak mentally and give up at the first sight of a challenge. “Losher’s redeemed the stale bread from the dealers and sold it at half price to the poor. The outlet store adjoined the bakery. It's long narrow counter filled one side and long narrow benches ran along the other two sides. A huge double door open behind the counter. The bakery wagons backed up to it and unloaded the bread right onto the counter. They sold two loaves for a nickel, and when it was dumped out, a pushing crowd fought for the privilege of buying it. There was never enough bread and some waited until three or four wagons had reported before they could buy bread. At that price, the customers had to supply their own wrappings. Most of the purchasers were children. Some kids tucked the bread under their arms and walked home brazenly letting all the world know that they were poor. The proud ones wrapped up the bread, some in old newspapers, others and clean or dirty flour sacks. Francie brought along a large paper bag.” Page:13
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