The extract under analysis is taken from the story “50 pounds” written by Alfred Coppard. It’s a 3d person narration (the pronouns he, she, they are used), containing the cases of represented speech, author’s digressions & instances of diologue. The given piece presents the concluding part of the story. Eulalia & Phillip spend their last day separately. Lally is uncertain about the development of the whole money-issue, which makes her really unhappy. When she comes home in the evening, Phill expresses his great love & all her silly thoughts are forgotten. In the morning Phillip doesn’t make any attempt to stop the girl from leaving. This makes Lally see his true nature & leave him with dignity & 50 pounds.
In the extract one can trace several important themes: love, sincerity in relationship, money, perfidy. The main point stated by author can be described as follows: the true nature of a person is always revealed in challenging situations like the one presented in the story.
Structurally the extract falls into 3 parts. Each of them is characterized by its own mood, stylistic & syntactic peculiarities. The 1st part corresponds with the 1st paragraph. It mainly deals with Eulalia while she’s returning home in the evening, preoccupied with depressing thoughts. The tense atmosphere is created with the help of words with negative connotation (desultory, last, dejection) & various stylistic devices: epithets (miserable, desultory, whimsical), metaphors (possibility had come, hopes being gone).
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Another important means of expressing depressiveness is the syntactic device of inversion (in wandering she had spend, so whimsical he was).
It’s important to point out that the mood changes throughout the 1st part. From depressive it becomes hopeful. The atmosphere of hopefulness is created with the help of epithets (flimsy, stupid, perfect), simile (like a flag of triumph), metaphor (kill all grief).
Exclamatory sentence & the device of represented speech add up to creating the feeling of vague hope. Nevertheless we understand that there’s no reason to hope. The 1st part has a hint that the story won’t have a happy ending – the word “last” is repeated 4 times.
At the beginning of the 2nd part the atmosphere is tense again. Lally is feeling guilty & uncomfortable because she thought bad things about Phil. To emphasize the psychological state of the girl Coppard uses vivid words like weakly, helplessly, half guilty. But then the mood changes – the reaction of Phill is completely favorable, he shows Lally his love. All her troubles are gone. She is happy & absorbed in love. To emphasize Lally’s euphoria author uses rich expressive vocabulary (passionate, feud, bliss, amorous, endearment), epithets (burning, constraining, consoling, wanton), metaphor (disaster was gone, doubts were flown, the feud was torn).
An important component of the 2nd part is the author’s digression, which to some extent explains Lally’s situation & feelings.
The 3rd part starts with Lally’s represented speech, expressing her speculations about the situation & showing us the critical attitude of the girl to herself. The author uses emotionally colored combinations (poor spirit, covetous expectation) to emphasize Lally’s state of mind. At this point she is sure about the outcome – She would surely go tomorrow.
The mood of the last part is gloomy & tense. The spirit of the forthcoming parting is in the air. To point out the psychological state of the girl Coppard contrasts Lally’s mood with the fine, glowing day. Their last morning is described as a day-to-day routine which prompts us that nothing extraordinary will happen. Phill will let her go. The author says it explicitly – he was beyond hope. This is the turning point in the story. Phil’s true personality is revealed to Lally & her attitude to him changes. It can be seen in the way she speaks to him & act. The girl uses sophisticated formal structures (you’re not to come with me, I won’t have you come), she kisses him cooly, stares queerly.
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The closing paragraphs are crucially important, because here Lally’s nature is expressed. Especially significant are the author’s digression (A compassionate divinity smiles at our puny sins) & Lally’s represented speech (Let him keep his gracious, mournful airs to the last, false though they were).
Coppard makes a wide use of emotionally colored words (sardonic revelation, perfidy, divinity, sins, scarecrow, capriciously) as well as different stylistic & syntactic devices to create the atmosphere of bitterness. One can find vivid epithets (sardonic, compassionate, puny, mournful, abject, flying, grand), metaphors (moment had come, divinity smiles), cases of inversion (false though they were, there he was).
It’s interesting to state that there are no cases of direct characterization in the extract. Everything we learn about the protagonists we learn from indirect sources. Lally is seen as an emotional & excessively self-analytic girl, which is shown by means of several instances of represented speech & the descriptions of her thoughts & hesitations. She is generous & self-critical (after all, she gave Phil 50£ & then blamed herself for being mean to him).
One may notice that she’s also proud & have self-respect (after finding out about the perfidy, Lally didn’t reveal this knowledge because to triumph in it would defeat her own pride).
While the image of Lally improves during the extract, the opposite happens with the image of Phil. At the beginning of the story he is presented as a loving, caring burning silent man, but probably that’s because we picture him from Lally’s perspective. As the story goes on we learn what Phil is really like. The 1st thing he asks on the their last morning is “When does your train go?”. Though he spoke much about his love (Lally, darling, beloved girl! I never loved you more than now, this moment. You are more precious than ever to me!) & expressed it vividly (crushed her in his arms, amorous kisses, caressed her tenderly).
My life will be the challenge of attaining three goals to their fullest degree: to learn, to love and to live. Oh! To learn- I will make my mind a sponge, soaking up every fact it encounters. In school and out of school, my ears, eyes and heart will be open to learn new things, and gather new facts. I will knit these facts and experiences into a final product: a tapestry of education. I will earn ...
Thus we can conclude that his love wasn’t real & true, while it took only 50£ to end the relationship.