In chapter eight of Angela’s Ashes Frank is getting ready to get Confirmed. The night before the boys get Confirmed they go over to Peter Dooley, whom they call him Quasimodo because he has a hunch back. The boys go over there to look at his naked sisters while they take their weekly bath. Frank and the boys get caught and their mothers come. Frank’s mom says that she doesn’t want the priest to tell her that Frank is going to have to get confirmed next year. She makes Frank go home and kneel before the pope and swear that he doesn’t look at anotherg irl naked.
Frank gets confirmed and his nose starts to bleed. Angela takes Frank home and all the boys are wondering why he won’t make his collection. Frank goes home and goes to bed. When Franks father comes home he sees Frank and says that he is having growing pains and his grandmother says the same thing. The McCourts neighbor Ms. Hannon comes over and tells Angela that Frank should see a doctor right away. Angela says that the Dispensary is closed, but they find a doctor and he says that it is just a bad cold. Days later Frank is still in bed sleeping and bleeding. They finally find their doctor and he comes over and rushes Frank to the hospital right away and he tells Angela that he has Typhoid Fever. Frank meets a girl, Patricia in the hospital who has Diphtheria. Patricia gives books to the janitor, Seamus to give to Frank. Frank reads about wars, England’s history, and poetry. Patricia died in he night while trying to use the lavatory when suppose to be using a bed pan. Frank got out of the hospital and is goig home.
Frank’s father doesn’t have a job and the family is out of money again. When frank goes back to school he has to be in the fifth class because he has missed so much school. Frank doesn’t want to be in the fifth class because that is the class that Malachy, his younger brother is in.
Frank’s father is going off to England to find work. Angela is so happy she can finally pay back Kathleen O’Connell for her loan of milk, tea eggs and bread. Frank’s father Malachy doesn’t send any money home for the family. Frank has two bad eyes and goes to see a doctor. Frank also has to stay at the hospital and have eye drops put in his eyes every morning.
A friend of the family comes home from England and says that Malachy has gone pure mad with the drink which he loses all the money he makes from his job. Angela has to bring the kids to the Dispensary to get relief from the public to feed her family since Malachy keeps spending all of his wages at the pub.
Angela is sick in bed and Frank has to help her but he knows that he can’t get anything else from the shop or his grandmothers house. Frank goes outside to the icy February weather and spots a lemonade truck leaving from South’s pub and a bread truck pulling away from Kathleen’s shop. Frank takes two bottles of lemonade and one loaf of bread. Frank brings his goodies home to his brothers and his sick mother. Angela doesn’t get better and goes to the hospital and the kids go to Aunt Aggie’s house. The kids have to do everything Ant Aggie says or they will get yelled at and hit. Malachy comes home from England. Malachy is there for a few days while Angela is sick and then he goes back to England, he sends three pounds back to the family one week and then nothing else weeks after. There is no money or food left in the house Angela and many other poor went go to the Priests house to get left overs from their dinner to feed their families.
1. “There in the middle of the crowd in her dirty gray coat is my mother. This is my own mother, begging. This is worse than the dole, St. Vincent de Paul Society, the Dispensary. It’s the worst kind of shame, almost as bad as begging on the streets where the tinkers hold up their scabby children, Give us a penny for the poor child, mister, the poor child is hungry, missus.”Frank McCourt 250 Angela’s Ashes I think that this quote is so important because Frank is telling the about his miserable Irish Catholic Childhood and al the trouble that his mother had to go through to feed her four boys.