In "Eveline," what decision does Eveline make at the end of the story and why?

In "Eveline," the decision that Eveline makes at the end of the story is to stay put in Ireland instead of leaving with her lover, Frank, for Argentina. She makes this decision because she is in the grip of a debilitating inertia that prevents her from making necessary changes to her life. In that sense, for Joyce, she symbolizes contemporary Ireland, with its parochialism, lack of ambition, and cultural paralysis.

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Right up until the end of "Eveline," it seems that the eponymous character is going to take a leap of faith and head off with her lover, Frank, halfway round the world to start a new life in Argentina. Eveline certainly has no good reason to stay where she is. Slaving away as an unpaid skivvy for an abusive father and toiling long hours at a low-paid job at the "Stores," Eveline leads a very hard, unhappy life in her native country.

And yet, despite all her many problems, Eveline chooses to stay put. Instead of joining Frank aboard the ship bound for Argentina, she remains rooted to the spot by the quayside, almost as if she's frozen in fear. To most people reading the story, Eveline's decision doesn't really make much sense. But in...

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