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Malachi’s Cove and Eveline

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For my GCSE wide reading assignment I will be developing and exploring the important turning point that these two young women must make. The women are Mally Trenglos from 'Malachi's Cove', written in 1867 by Anthony Trollope and Eveline Hill from the book 'Eveline', written by James Joyce, in 1904. I will also be looking at the setting for the stories and the differences between the two stories. 'Malachi's Cove' is set in Cornwall, on the North coast. The cliffs are steep and tall with little cottages situated over the towering precipices. The scene is set between Tinagel and Bossinney, two real places. The Trenglos shack is situated on the edge of a cliff and the access to the cove is restricted and dangerous. Malachi built a stone path leading to his shack and the cove, but the track is still treacherous. Mally is used to the path but it could prove to be lethal to Barty, her neighbour, or anyone else who braves to go down there. Cliffs are situated to the north and south making access from other routes nearly impossible. Then there is the great hole that Mally knows about and never ventures near. She would call it, Poulnadioul, which is supposed to translate into the Hole of Evil. It is described as: "The great hole was now full of water, but of water which seemed to be boiling as though in a pot. ...read more.


Line 163 Mally wants to injure the horse because the Gunliffes are stealing seaweed that she thinks belongs to her family only. Malachi deterred her from crippling the horse in case Mally was sent to prison, so he suggested that: "...All manner of impediments should be put in the way of the pony's feet, surmising that the well trained donkey might be able to work in spite of them..." Line 204 Mally sets about covering the path in large rock and other obstacles. Mally is devoted to her Grandfather and will help him in everyway she can. She has worked collecting seaweed ever since Malachi became too frail to continue his trade. She is hardworking and many say she worked all day and night, knowing not of fatigue. She is very skilled at her work and with the help of the Donkey can gather an abundance of seaweed. Mally is exceptionally independent and she wants no help, being content with her own company. Mally also speaks her mind because she's independent but never thinks of the consequences and this is what lands her in so much trouble with others. She is inexperienced in the ways of the world and goes at problems like a 'bull in a china shop' not thinking about the results. Mally uses the law to get her own way with the Gunliffes but to no avail, as they cannot help her and Malachi stop Barty coming to the cove to collect piles of seaweed. ...read more.


Her father used to say that she had no head for business and she would squander the money and he wasn't going give his hard-earned money to throw about the streets. She recalls a day when Eveline and her family went to the 'Hill of Howth' and how her father was so much different then, he had put on her mother's bonnet to make them all laugh. Once her father had detected Frank he forbid her to see him, stating: "I know these sailor chaps" Line 94 Her father is trying to say I do not trust him, because he's a sailor. Eveline saw frank as an escape from her current situation; he would save her. Eveline believed that by marrying Frank, she would obtain the respect she deserved, and she would have freedom unlike her mother, who lived a life of drudgery. Eveline wants to live her own life and not become trapped for the rest of her life. Eveline's marriage to Frank was one of convenience and escapism, not love. Eveline finds it hard to escape from her home because of the familiarity of the surroundings; she is torn between the know and the unknown. An explanation of this is that Eveline has no self-confidence and cannot make a decision with ease. Eveline finds it hard to leave the house because she had promised her mother, she would keep the house together. Eveline's GSCE Wide Reading Malachi's Cove and Eveline Alex Bloss March / April 2000 Page: 1 ...read more.

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