In "Eveline," what do you make of the following quotes. Why does she choose to stay having said them? "Life of commonplace sacrifices closing in final craziness." "She must escape! Why should she be unhappy?"

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Let us remember that these quotes come at the end of the first section of this short story, when Eveline remembers her mother and the fate that she suffered. What is key to focus on is the way that the memory of her mother, and in particular the way that she died, uttering her legacy to Eveline in the Gaelic words "Derevaun Seraun! Derevaun Seraun!" which means "The end of pleasure is pain," it is this that finally gives her the courage to actually move from her position of gazing vacantly out of her window and to stand up and leave. As she contemplates her mother and "her life of...

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