In this third section, Eilis falls in love. She’s slowly making a life for herself, enjoying school and her job, and then she meets Tony. She meets him at an Irish dance, even though he is not Irish. What were your first impressions of Tony? Didn’t you think he was really sweet and caring? He’s a little obsessed with baseball, but other than that, he seems really lovely.
I really enjoyed several parts of Tony and Eilis’s courtship. I liked when they went to meet Tony’s family. His little brother was quite a trip. Could you believe that he just announced to everyone that they didn’t like Irish people? Eilis was good to humor him. I also liked when they went to the baseball game. Eilis was able to enjoy the game and see a different side of Tony, which impressed me. I don’t think I would have quite as good of an attitude if I had to go somewhere and watch something I knew nothing about.
Didn’t your heart just sink when Father Flood came into the store to find Eilis? I was shocked that Rose passed away. We didn’t have any indication that she was ill, so it was really startling to find that she was the one who had died. I expected that Eilis would have to go back home, but I was a little surprised that Tony insisted they get married before she went. I understood that he felt that if they were married, she would have more of a reason to come back, but I still thought it came as a bombshell. What did you think when Eilis agreed to the marriage before returning to Ireland? Did you think that was the best thing to do?
How do you think Eilis’s trip home will go? She hasn’t yet told her mother about Tony—do you think she will? Do you think it will be hard for Eilis to fit back in to her old life?
Just because I loved the movie, and I hope you will watch it, I’m going to leave another clip. Let me know what you think.
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