What sort of person is Eveline's mother? Does Eveline identify with her mother in any way?

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In James Joyce’s short story, “Eveline,” the character of Eveline’s mother doesn’t appear directly, but only in the memory of her 19-year-old daughter. Eveline is in the midst of deciding whether she should escape her difficult home life to run off with a sailor, or if she should stay at home and care for her abusive father now that her mother has passed away. From her daughter’s recollections, Eveline’s mother seems to have been rather timid and passive, and she appears to have put her duties as a housewife and mother above any personal wishes.

As Eveline makes her decision whether to stay or go, she “mused the pitiful vision of her mother's life...” Eveline knows what kind of difficult, unfulfilled life lies ahead of her...

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