Ruby Pier is the amusement park on the ocean where Eddie works in maintenance for most of his life. A place of both great celebration and great pain for Eddie and others, the park represents the variety of experience in Eddie’s life. Ruby Pier, like Eddie’s life, is full of rides that bring joy and excitement, as well as dangerous risks and losses. At first the park stands only as a symbol of Eddie’s sense of failure, as throughout his life, Eddie has failed to achieve his goal of leaving Ruby Pier to create a better life for himself elsewhere. In heaven, however, Eddie learns from the little girl Tala that he was meant to be at Ruby Pier. His work at the park allowed him to save countless children from danger, thus giving him a chance to redeem himself for unknowingly killing Tala during the war.
The Five People You Meet in Heaven
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...live, Eddie encounters Dominguez, a cheerful young man who works with him in maintenance at Ruby Pier . Eddie gives a very appreciative Dominguez 40 dollars as a gift for his upcoming... (full context)
...to live, the novel returns to Eddie, warmly remembering his first dance with Marguerite at Ruby Pier on the dance floor once called the “Stardust Band Shell.” The Judy Garland song, “You... (full context)
...back to Eddie’s youth, when World War II was taking place. For Eddie, working at Ruby Pier and trying to save money to study engineering seem irrelevant when other men are shipping... (full context)
...to juggle. Eddie begins to entertain the “Crazies” with the carnival skills he learned at Ruby Pier as a child. While they are distracted, Eddie signals his men to help him attack... (full context)
...continues telling Eddie her story. On one Fourth of July, some drunken workers accidentally set Ruby Pier on fire. Emile saw the entrance columns, marked by Ruby’s name and picture, bursting into... (full context)
...a sense of “melting warmth.” He begins to tell Marguerite all about the accident at Ruby Pier that caused his death. Eddie talks and talks, eager to tell her everything. Suddenly, he... (full context)
Chapter 36 (Epilogue)