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Ironweed Essay

  • Submitted by: JOHNSON86
  • on March 24, 2012
  • Category: English
  • Length: 1,427 words

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Chapter 1
When we meet the protagonist, Francis Phelan, he is embarking on his first day of honest labor in several years. He is also sober for the first time in years, having gone without a drink for two days running. He stopped drinking because he had wanted to be sober for his court appearance. Francis has registered twenty-one times to vote in the last election, but his attorney, Marcus Gorman, found a mistake in the legal paperwork which resulted in the charges against Francis being thrown out. But Gorman insists that Francis pay him his attorney' fees, which Gorman has reduced from five-hundred to fifty dollars, thanks to the intervention of a mutual friend, Martin Daugherty. It is Gorman who arranges this day's work at Saint Agnes Cemetery, to help Francis pay his fee.
So today, Francis rides a truck up the winding cemetery road with his friend Rudy for a...
Chapter 2
With money in their pockets, Francis and Rudy enjoy the luxury of a trolley ride back downtown. Francis knows the trolleys intimately; before he became a bum, he worked for years on the trolleys at the North Albany carbarns. He'd even killed a man over a trolley during the 1901 trolley strike. Rudy asks questions during the ride; he wants to know where they're going and what Helen's last name is. Francis doesn't like questions about his personal life, and avoids answering. However, as the trolley threads through his old neighborhood, he does volunteer that he used to live down at the bottom of one of these streets. He immediately regrets sharing that detail with Rudy, whom he's only known for two weeks. Rudy has shared some personal information with Francis, divulging that he's dying from stomach cancer. Francis wants only the bonds of brotherhood forged by fellow travelers whose...
Chapter 3
After they leave the bar, Rudy disappears to find a flophouse for the night. Helen and Francis walk Pee Wee back to the shelter, intending to get a room at Palombo's Hotel with the wages...

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  • Submitted by: JOHNSON86
  • on March 24, 2012
  • Category: English
  • Length: 1,427 words
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