Eveline

Originally from Dublin, but currently a sailor with a home in Buenos Ayres, Frank meets Eveline on a visit to Dublin. Eveline describes him as “kind, manly, open-hearted” and likes hearing his stories about his travels. Frank begins walking Eveline home after she is finished working at the Stores and eventually starts courting her. He likes music and singing. Eveline’s father disapproves of Frank and one day after they quarrel, he and Eveline have to start seeing each other in secret. Frank invites Eveline to become his wife in Buenos Ayres. Joyce implies that Frank may be of a higher social or financial status than Eveline since he takes her to the theater and they sit in a section that Eveline is “unaccustomed” to. Aside from that, not much is known about Frank’s thoughts or intentions. Eveline is not in love with Frank, or at least not yet, but it is unknown whether or not Frank loves her. They have only been seeing each other for what seems to Eveline like a few weeks.

Frank Quotes in Eveline

The Eveline quotes below are all either spoken by Frank or refer to Frank. 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 numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Penguin Classics edition of Eveline published in 1993.
Eveline Quotes

He took her to see The Bohemian Girl and she felt elated as she sat in an unaccustomed part of the theatre with him…People knew that they were courting and, when he sang about the lass that loves a sailor, she always felt pleasantly confused…First of all it had been an excitement for her to have a fellow and then she had begun to like him. He had tales of distant countries.

Related Characters: Eveline Hill, Frank
Page Number: 31 – 32
Explanation and Analysis:

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She stood up in a sudden impulse of terror. Escape! She must escape! Frank would save her. He would give her life, perhaps love, too. But she wanted to live. Why should she be unhappy? She had a right to happiness.

Related Characters: Eveline Hill, Frank
Page Number: 33
Explanation and Analysis:

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Could she still draw back after all he had done for her? Her distress awoke a nausea in her body and she kept moving her lips in silent fervent prayer. A bell clanged upon her heart. She felt him seize her hand: –Come! All the seas of the world tumbled about her heart. He was drawing her into them: he would drown her.

Related Characters: Eveline Hill, Frank
Related Symbols: Water
Page Number: 33 – 34
Explanation and Analysis:

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Frank Character Timeline in Eveline

The timeline below shows where the character Frank appears in Eveline. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
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Eveline reflects on her relationship with her lover, Frank. She is planning to take the night boat with him to Buenos Ayres, Argentina, where... (full context)
Escapism and the Exotic Theme Icon
Women and Society Theme Icon
The Many Forms of Death Theme Icon
...is desperate to escape. She reasons that she has a right to happiness. She hopes Frank will save her and resolves to go meet him. (full context)
Paralysis and Inaction Theme Icon
Escapism and the Exotic Theme Icon
Women and Society Theme Icon
The Many Forms of Death Theme Icon
Catholic Values and Confinement Theme Icon
Eveline meets Frank at the station, but cannot seem to focus on what he is saying as they... (full context)
Paralysis and Inaction Theme Icon
Escapism and the Exotic Theme Icon
Women and Society Theme Icon
The Many Forms of Death Theme Icon
Catholic Values and Confinement Theme Icon
At last Eveline feels “a bell clang upon her heart” and Frank grabs her hand to board the ship. She feels the pressure from Frank, as if... (full context)