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The first work that will be looked at is Kindertransport, by Diane Samuels. In this piece, we immediately learn about Eva, Evelyn's younger self. She is a child who is sent to England by her mother in order to avoid any harm during the years of the Holocaust. In England, Eva's name is changed to Evelyn because she wants an English name in order to feel as though she is one of the English. This is symbolic of her new beginning, although she does not see it at the time. Eva believes her parents will come to get her as they always said they would, but Evelyn realizes this is not the case in as time goes on. As Evelyn grows up, she becomes close to Lil, her English mother, and although she always has the hope of finding her real parents, as time passes, Lil does become her real parent. This can be seen in Evelyn's developing trust in Lil. The incident that most clearly shows this developing trust is when Lil does not force Evelyn to get on the train to go to school. Evelyn is affected by this because her real mother forced her to get on the train to go to England even though she was opposed to it.
As we look at Evelyn in the present, we see a very strong woman who has chosen to forget her past and the things that happened to her. She has many memories packed away in a box, but she chooses to leave them this way. Evelyn lives her life as
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- Evelyn begins by saying, "Let me tell you what little remains in my brain." ...
- daughter Faith once said, "You can't go on a train without hyper-ventilating. You cross the road if you see a policeman or traffic warden." ...
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Evelyn, Thomas Hartmann, Thomas Fibich, Eva, Anita Brookner, Diane Samuels, Faith, her real parent,
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