One of the men that live with Mack and “the boys” in the Palace Flophouse. Like his friends, Eddie doesn’t have a steady job, but he does bartend from time to time at La Ida, where he fills in whenever the full-time barkeep gets sick. When he does this, he brings a jug, into which he pours whatever alcohol people leave in their glasses. This makes a strong, strange concoction that consists of hard alcohol, beer, wine, and various liqueurs. Happy to share his potion, Eddie brings the jug home and splits it with Mack and “the boys.” Because of this, the residents of the Palace Flophouse never ask him to do anything, since they believe he is a “very valuable” person to have around. When Mack and the boys are stranded on the side of the road on their frog-catching expedition, Eddie is the one to venture forth and steal a carburetor to put in the broken-down Model T.
Eddie Character Timeline in Cannery Row
The timeline below shows where the character Eddie appears in Cannery Row. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.