What type of relationship does Eveline have with Frank?

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Eveline and Frank have an interesting, unclear relationship. We learn early on that Eveline seeks escape. The death of her mother has left her as the sole caretaker of her father, and her one living brother is no help. She feels trapped, and Frank represents a way out. She dreams...

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Eveline and Frank have an interesting, unclear relationship. We learn early on that Eveline seeks escape. The death of her mother has left her as the sole caretaker of her father, and her one living brother is no help. She feels trapped, and Frank represents a way out. She dreams of leaving with him to go abroad and starting anew.

There is not a lot of information about Frank’s feelings toward Eveline; we get the sense that he is looking forward to a future with Eveline, but whether his feelings are deep and long-lasting aren’t known. When Eveline sees the ship that they are supposed to leave on, she becomes overwhelmed at the prospect of actually leaving her father behind. He is not a nice man and she knows he won’t treat her well, but she had promised her mother that she would care for him and the home after her mother died, and the reality that she is now facing hits her hard. Rather than moving forward toward a life which could grant her freedom, she chooses to stay and fulfill what she sees as her obligations. Frank is confused and then upset, but again we don’t get insight into whether this will be a major loss for him. As for Eveline, although she is resigning herself to an unwelcome fate, she is practically emotionless as she and Frank separate for the last time.

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