The night before Frank McCourt is due to travel to America, he sees a lunar eclipse outside his house. For some, the eclipse is a sign of Frank’s good fortune—for others, though, it’s a sign that his journey to America will be cursed. In the end, then, the eclipse isn’t a symbol of good or bad fortune—rather, it’s a symbol of the uncertainty in Frank’s life, an uncertainty that’s intimidating at times, but also exhilarating.
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...him loud, boisterous songs. Halfway through the party, Aunt Aggie remembers that there’s a lunar eclipse that night. Pa Keating says this is a good sign for Frank’s journey, but Aggie... (full context)