“Francie took the tickets, thanked him and was backing off when he asked, “Would that be your mother sittin’ over there in the green hat?’ ‘Yes.’ She waited. He said nothing. Finally she asked, ‘Why?’ ‘Do you be sayin’ your prayers to the Little Flower each night askin’ that you grow up
half as pretty as your mother. Do that now.’” Page:181 Speakers:Narrator/Francie/Sergeant McShane Context:This from the middle part of the book. The Nolans go to the Mattie Mahoney Association excursion to try and draw women and children to one day vote for their candidate. -This is an example of foreshadowing in the book. Sergeant McShane notices how beautiful Katie is and foreshadows that something may happen between the two of them later in the book. The reader also learns that McShane has a wife that is very ill and has had many children pass away from the same illness. With this information one can infer that once McShane’s wife dies and once Johnny Nolan dies, Katie and the Sergeant will have a relationship. At the very end of the book when both of their spouses have died, McShane asks Katie to marry him and to adopt her third child, which she says yes to. This interaction from early on in the novel foreshadowed what was to come from Katie and McShane later on in the story. “‘The secret lies in the reading and the writing. You are able to read. Every day you must read one page from some good book to your child. Every day this must be until the child learns to read. Then she must read every day, I know this is the secret.’” Page:82 Context:This is from the earlier portion of the novel in which Katie has just given birth to Francie and feels her kids will be only a little educated just like her, and not able to make a better life for themselves. -This is an example of characterization of Mary Rommely. Since Mary Rommely has already lived a large portion of her life, she has learned many things along the way that have made her truly wise with age. Mary was not educated and could not read due to her early life and became an immigrant when she moved to America to create a better life for her children. At times in her life Mary was taken advantage of and scammed because she could not read or write, and she realized that the key to success was a good education. Due to her experiences she wanted to pass what she had learned onto her daughters and give them a greater chance for a better life. By telling Katie to read to her children and make the children read when they are old enough, it is a symbol of her passing her torch of wisdom onto the next generation of people, which then will be passed onto Katie’s kids. Mary’s advice can be seen as beneficial and correct in Francie. From a young age she had skills beyond that of other children her age, and led to her becoming a great writer. This also was one of the reasons Francie was able to read the books in the Library whenever she wanted, where as other kids did not have that opportunity as they were not as mentally developed as her.