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What decision does Eveline make at the end of the story and why?

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jfaulkner1987 | Student, College Freshman | eNotes Newbie

Posted March 5, 2008 at 12:40 PM via web

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What decision does Eveline make at the end of the story and why?

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linda-allen | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Senior Educator

Posted March 5, 2008 at 9:57 PM (Answer #1)

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Eveline decides not to go away with Frank after all. The author doesn't really tell us why she makes that decision, but from the way she behaves it is as if she is having a panic attack.

All Eveline knows is her family. Since her mother's death, she has become the surrogate mother to her siblings. All of her salary goes to take care of the house and her family, and she gets very little help or support from her father. She is a young woman who should be living her own life, and she sees Frank as her means of escape. Maybe because her world is so small, or because this life is all she knows, the closer the time comes to leave it, the greater her fear grows until finally she's almost paralyzed by that fear and does not board the ship with Frank.

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ftosh | Student, Grade 11 | (Level 2) eNoter

Posted March 24, 2008 at 11:30 PM (Answer #2)

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eveline decides to saty and not to leave with frank.

in my opnion eveline decides this choise because she didnt have the power to leave her home .. she is so fraid from the social and religion traditons ;' she is fraid from the people and her socitey : what they will say about her if she gone with a fellow.

she was very confused in the port . she isnt ready to make a sutibale choise so she will not choose the write dirction .

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