Eveline

Eveline’s Father Character Analysis

Eveline’s father was abusive to her siblings and mother, but spared Eveline when she was young since she was a girl. He used to go searching in the field for her and her siblings with a blackthorn stick to call them inside, and appears to be a figure feared by all of the neighborhood kids. He also seems to take pride in showing off the photo of his old friend, a priest who moved to Melbourne. He has recently begun to threaten Eveline, now that she is older and there is no one else around to protect her. He squabbles about money with Eveline on Saturdays, worried that she will waste it. He also forbids Eveline from seeing Frank, assuming that he is unfaithful because he is a sailor.

Eveline’s Father Quotes in Eveline

The Eveline quotes below are all either spoken by Eveline’s Father or refer to Eveline’s Father. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
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). Note: all page and citation info for the quotes below refers to the Penguin Classics edition of Eveline published in 1993.
Eveline Quotes

Still they seemed to have been rather happy then… That was a long time ago; she and her brothers and sisters were all grown up; her mother was dead. Tizzie Dunn was dead, too, and the Waters had gone back to England. Everything changes. Now she was going to go away like the others, to leave her home.

Related Characters: Eveline Hill, Eveline’s Father, Eveline’s Mother, The Waters, the Dunns, and the Devines, Ernest, Harry
Related Symbols: Water
Page Number: 29
Explanation and Analysis:

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Even now, though she was over nineteen, she sometimes felt herself in danger of her father’s violence. She knew it was that that had given her the palpitations. When they were growing up he had never gone for her, like he used to go for Harry and Ernest, because she was a girl; but latterly he had begun to threaten her and say what he would do to her only for her dead mother’s sake.

Related Characters: Eveline Hill, Eveline’s Father, Eveline’s Mother, Ernest, Harry
Page Number: 30
Explanation and Analysis:

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Eveline’s Father Character Timeline in Eveline

The timeline below shows where the character Eveline’s Father appears in Eveline. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Eveline
Paralysis and Inaction Theme Icon
The Many Forms of Death Theme Icon
...because he was already too old. Keogh the cripple used to warn them when Eveline’s father—who was carrying a blackthorn stick, most likely as a threat—came out to call them inside. (full context)
Paralysis and Inaction Theme Icon
Escapism and the Exotic Theme Icon
The Many Forms of Death Theme Icon
Eveline reflects back on her childhood, realizing that she was happier back then when her father was less violent and her mother was still alive. But now she and her siblings... (full context)
Paralysis and Inaction Theme Icon
Women and Society Theme Icon
The Many Forms of Death Theme Icon
Catholic Values and Confinement Theme Icon
...Mary Alacoque (a French Catholic saint). The priest is an old friend of her Eveline’s father, and he used to tell visitors that the priest is in Melbourne now. (full context)
Paralysis and Inaction Theme Icon
Women and Society Theme Icon
The Many Forms of Death Theme Icon
...Eveline is over nineteen and none of her siblings are there to protect her, her father has begun to threaten her more. As a result, she has begun to suffer from... (full context)
Escapism and the Exotic Theme Icon
Women and Society Theme Icon
...begins to grow fond of Frank and his stories about “distant countries.” However, after Eveline’s father finds out about their relationship and quarrels with Frank, they can only see each other... (full context)
Women and Society Theme Icon
The Many Forms of Death Theme Icon
Catholic Values and Confinement Theme Icon
...letters she has been holding in her lap: one for Harry, and one for her father. Eveline remembers the good memories with her father, like when he made her toast when... (full context)
Escapism and the Exotic Theme Icon
Women and Society Theme Icon
The Many Forms of Death Theme Icon
...pity for her mother, who seems to have spent her life making sacrifices for Eveline’s father and family, only to be driven to insanity. Eveline is suddenly struck with terror and... (full context)