Interesting Questions, Facts and Information
- There are a total of 20 general entries.
Interesting Questions, Facts, and Information
Sissy used a Jew to help her give birth. This was not Sissy's first childbirth, because she had given birth to many other children, but they were stillborn. Also, the midwife would have gladly helped Sissy give birth, but she wanted to go to a hospital and use a doctor.
baseball glove. The new pennies were given to Francie in a little matchbox from her aunt; Kate got a new hat from Neeley; and Neeley asked for Francie to get him spats for Christmas.
El Train. The El Train is the train Francie takes to get to work in New York.
5. There are five books, some longer then the others.
"Serene was a word you could put to Brooklyn, New York.". All quotes are from the first chapter of the book.
"The Nation". "Tomorrow Will Be Better"-1947, "Maggie-Now"-1958, "Joy in the Morning"-1963. "The Nation", written by James Agee, reviewed the 1945 film version of "A Tree Grows in Brooklyn", prasing it as a "....more interesting and likeable movie than most."
"Molly Malone". "Molly Malone" is the song that Johnny sings before he comes to the door each night, and is his favorite song. "Auld Lang Syne" is the song that everybody started to sing on New Years, "Annie Laurie" is the song that Johnny uses to sing and the reason why they named the new baby Annie Laurie Nolon, and "I Didn't Raise My Boy to Be a Soldier" was the popular anti-war song that people sang in Francie's neighborhood.
pneumonia. The doctor was about to put down the reason for death as acute alcoholism and pneumonia, because the alcohol was a contributing factor, but Katie didn't want to tell her children that his drinking had contributed to the death.
Joanna. Joanna is the mother of a bastard. The other women insult her because they don't think she should walk her baby in front of everybody else- the baby should be hidden. Joanna doesn't listen and proudly shows off her baby. Anne Laurie is Francie's little sister, Sissy is Francie's aunt, and Mary Rommely is Francie's grandmother.
One of Johnny's songs.. "Twas there that Annie Laurie/ Gave me her promise true."
Italian. She adopted her first baby from an unmarried Italian girl, and tried to convince everybody that she gave birth to it.
Lee. Lee told Francie that he loved her while he was stationed in Brooklyn, but Francie later found out that he was engaged.
The fire escape. Francie thought that it was like living in a tree when she sat on her balcony, because the top of the tree growing in the courtyard came up to her balcony.
Francie wanted to go, so she would find a way on her own. Neeley didn't want to go back to achool, so Katie said he must go or else he never would get an education. Katie knew Francie would manage to get an education on her own.
So you can tell your right arm from your left arm. Francie became upset when she found out she needed to go by herself to get vaacinated and wanted to know why she had to go.
pneumonia. Although Johnny died of both alcoholism and pneumonia, Katie convinced the doctor to just put pneumonia on the certificate so her children wouldn't need to be embarrassed.
brown. The janitor would always put flowers in the brown bowl on the librarian's desk, different flowers for every season.
Johnny's brother's fiancee. Johnny's brother died, leaving behind his fiancee whose name would have been Frances Nolan, so Johnny decided to name his daughter this to make the fiancee feel better.
Special thanks to LilahDeDah for her valuable correction