Why is Eveline’s job at the Stores mentioned?James Joyce's "Eveline"

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In the notes that are attached to each of the stories, the Stores connotes the shop in which she works.  And, there was  a Quaker family named Pin who owned a general dry goods store in Great George's Street South in south-central Dublin, which was termed their 'Stores.'

Eveline's job is mentioned because at it she obtains no respect either as she has a boss, Miss Gavan who would be glad if Eveline quit.  "She had always had an edge on her, especially whenever there were people listening.

Because she is afforded to little respect at work, there are corollaries with her home live, being subservient both at work and at home.

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EVELINE ,THE 19 YR OLD FEMALE PROTAGONIST WHO IS ABOUT TO LEAVE WITH HER BEAU FRANK TO SOME FOREIGN CLIMES CONTEMPLATES ABOUT HER DECISION AND THE IMPACT THAT IT WILL HAVE ON HER PRESENT LIFE. SHE FEELS BAD FOR HER DRUNKARD FATHER WHO IS INCAPABLE OF RUNNING THE HOUSEHOLD. SHE ALSO EXPERIENCES GUILT AT LEAVING THE TWO CHILDREN WHO HAVE BEEN LEFT TO HER CHARGE AFTER THE DEATH OF HER MOTHER. BUT WHEN SHE THINKS ABOUT HER WORK AT THE STORES, SHE IS FILLED WITH REPULSION AS SHE HAS NO GOOD MEMORIES OF HER WORKPLACE. THE RELATIONSHIP THAT SHE SHARES WITH HER OWNER IS MERELY OF AN EMPLOYER AND AN EMPLOYEE. MISS GAVAN THE OWNER AT THE RETAIL STORE HAD NEVER SHOWN ANY APPRECIATION OR LOVE TOWARDS EVELINE. LIKE HER ABUSIVE FATHER MISS GAVAN WAS ALWAYS RUDE AND IMPOLITE. SHE WOULD LOVE TO HUMILIATE AND INSULT EVELINE INFRONT OF CUSTOMERS.

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eveline had no sense of belongingness towards her worK at the stores and she wouldn't cry many tears at LEAVING HER WORK. THE KIND OF HUMILIATION AND MISTREATMENT THAT SHE RECEIVED FROM HER OWNER MISS GAVAN SUGGESTS THE SOCIAL AND ECONOMIC CONDITIONS OF WOMEN IN 20TH CENTURY IRELAND. MISS GAVAN WAS ALWAYS HOSTILE TOWARDS EVELINE AND CONSIDERED HER TO BE A LAZY GIRL. ESPECIALLY WHEN THERE WERE CUSTOMERS WAITING, SHE WOULD SCOLD EVELINE FOR HER INACTIVE ATTITUDE

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