Breakfast on Pluto Short Essay - Answer Key

Patrick McCabe (novelist)
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1. Why did Father Bernard lose his passion?

Father Bernard lost his passion in the 1950's when he slept with a housemaid and fathered a son. The son lives with his mother, Whiskers, and his seven siblings.

2. What happens when Peepers Egan confronts Patrick about his essays?

When Peepers Egan confronts Patrick about his essays, Patrick says "I haven't the slightest intention of stopping it." Peepers then slaps Patrick, but he is not punished any further.

3. In Chapter 3, what does Patrick do when he is dressed as a woman?

When Patrick is dressed as a woman he pretends to be dancing with Efram Zimbalist Junior. He even imitates the movie star's voice. He also sings and dances to "Son of a Preacher Man".

4. What does Patrick pretend in Chapter 4?

Patrick pretends to be dancing with Lorne Greene of Bonanza. He has stolen Mrs. O'Hare's smalls.

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