FRANK stands for salvation for her. Eveline describes him as a kind, manly and open-heartedman. The man who will save her from her miserable life . She feels happy about the idea of having a new house in a new and distant country .She thinks about the moment they first met , she feels proud of having a man who really loves her,even if her father has never accepted Frank as he thinks that sailors are not reliable people.4
Raffaella Mannori –2016 The time is passing but Eveline continues to sit at the window, leaning her head against the dusty cretonne curtains. She can even smells the odour of dust which seems to suffocate ( to stifle) her .Suddenly she hears the sound of a street organwhich plays an air which reminds her of her mother’s last night before she died.She remembers her mother’s craziness , her sufferings and her life of “ common sacrifices“ but also Eveline’s promise to look after the family as long as she can .SUDDENLY she comes to understand what she must do : she must leave , she must escape ,she doesn’t want to have the same life as her mother had.This moment of sudden revelationis accompanied by a significant physical action: she stands up “out of an impulse of terror”.She understands she must go away with FRANK who represents her salvation . She thinks he will save her , he will give her life, perhaps love ,too. She has the right to live and be happy .In the last part of the story EVELINE is at the port with FRANK.He is talking to her but she realises that she can’t hear anything of what he is saying.She feels immobilised , she feels she is getting pale and cold in her face.She starts praying silently to God in search for help, for a guide to help her direct her mind and to show what her duty is.She is thinking about the possibility of not going with Frank and this idea causes her great suffering and distress , even physical nausea.When Frank calls her, she has the sensation that “ all the seas will tumble about her heart”and she starts seeing Frank as a dangerous man who will drown her.Immediately she “ grips” with both hands at the iron railing, her hands “clutch” the iron in frenzy while Frank keeps on shouting at her to go with him.She is physically and mentallyparalysed; she can’t do anything but send a “ cry of anguish”.She is “passive, like a helpless animal “.She gives “no sign of love or farewell or recognition”.GLOSSARYTo remind someone of something= far ricordare qualcosa a qualcunoTo activate / To set in motion= attivare /mettere in motoTo weigh the good and the bad sides=valutare i lati positivi e negativeTo report thoughts=riportare I pensieri To refer to= fare riferimento aTo prevent someone from doing something= impedire a qualcuno di fare qualcosa.