Why didn't Eveline go with Frank to Buenos Aires at the end of James Joyce's short story, "Eveline"?  

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As a good modernist, Joyce does not employ an omniscient narrator to hover over the narrative and tell us what to think. Instead, we have to interpret Eveline's motivations from her own thoughts and what we learn about her life.

First, we know she has a constricted, miserable existence in Dublin. She dislikes her job as a shopgirl, where she is bullied, and at home she is a virtual slave to her abusive father, to whom she gives her entire paycheck every week. She is afraid not to do this. Frank, and the chance to go to Buenos Aires, looks like a good out for her.

However, at the last minute she panics, and her dead mother's words return to her: They are "Derevaun Seraun! Derevaun Seraun!" They mean in Gaelic that "at the end of pleasure there is pain."

We are told too that "her mother’s life laid its spell on the very quick of her being."

Eveline knows this is the moment of truth, so she prays "to God to direct her, to show her what was her duty."

In these words, we get a strong clue as to...

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