Light a Penny Candle - Part 1, 1940-1945, Chapter 2, Summary & Analysis

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Part 1, 1940-1945, Chapter 2, Summary

In the O'Connor household, only Aisling and Donal are excited about the newcomer. Eileen worries that their noisy household may be traumatic for Elizabeth, but hopes that this will restore relations with Violet. When Elizabeth enters the men's room, being unable to read the Irish labels, young Sean is horrified at her ignorance. Elizabeth arrives in wet knickers, greatly embarrassed. Eileen rebukes her ignorant son, angering him further, and sets about getting Elizabeth ready for breakfast in a brisk manner, most unlike Violet's. Eileen is amused at Elizabeth's modesty. Aisling is tongue-tied but makes a sign for their bedroom that pleases the newcomer.

Part 1, 1940-1945, Chapter 2, Analysis

Chapter 2 fills in lively detail on the turbulent O'Connor household, allowing each member a bit of focus while making clear that no-nonsense Eileen is the ruling force. The O'Connors struggle to understand...

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