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

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Eveline's mother has been an abused woman; however, there is some unconscious identification with the mother on the part of Eveline as she fears violence from her father, and she is certainly subjected to verbal abuse and "a hard life" and "a pitiful vision" that she is unable to leave. 

Indeed, there is a tie between Eveline and her mother. As she ponders the "pitiful vision of her mother's life," there is a spell that falls upon Eveline as she hears her mother's final frenzied cries, "Derevau Seraun! Derevaun Seraun!"[The end of pleasure is pain!] Like her mother, Eveline feels trapped, paralyzed by inaction, too weak to leave her life in which she, too, takes some abuse.

Certainly, it is with ambivalence that Eveline leaves for the station where Frank waits for her. Once there, she prays, hoping for Divine guidance because, like her mother, Eveline cannot assert herself and attain psychological freedom from her father and her little brother. As Frank calls to her, Eveline, like her mother, surrenders pathetically to her circumstances, again deceiving herself. The end of her pleasure of contemplating escape with Frank is now ended painfully as she stands "passive, like a helpless animal."