Going Places Summary

Author of Going Places

A. R. Barton

Theme of Going Places

Adolescent Fantasising and Hero Worship.

Characters in Going Places:

  1. Jansie: Practical and sensible. Unlike Sophie she does not believe in fantasies and knows that she has to work in a biscuit factory after her schooling.
  2. Geoff: he is elder brother of Sophie, an introvert. He also lives in reality and was very hardworking.
  3. Sophie: she was a daydreamer, who lives in her own fantasy world in which everybody was there for her.

Chapter Explanation:

  1. Her father wanted her to buy a decent house for them if she ever had sufficient money.

  2. Derek was her younger brother. Her father's plump face still grimy and sweat this tells that her father came from a job that demands hard physical work.

  3. Sophie wanted to open her boutique or to be like, Marry Quant. She wanted to be actress.

  4. When she went for Geoff, he was doing something with his bike, spreading newspaper all over the floor, to prevent carpet from getting dirty. He was an apprentice mechanic.

  5. Sophie was jealous of Goeff's silence as she was unaware of several part of his life because he speaks less and word had to be prized out of him.

  6. She told her brother that she met Danny Casey an Irish football player. He refuses to accept it as truth.

  7. In order to convince Geoff she started her fake story.
    The story she said: Sophie said that she met Danny when she was looking at the cloths in Royce's window and he came and stood beside her
    Then, Goeff asked, what does he look like, she replied, he has green gentle eyes and he is not as tall as you think.

  8. Geoff and his father started comparing Tom Finney and Denny Casey (both are football players), in order to grab attention of the conversation she said, Danny Casey is going to buy a shop (here she lied again). Her father asked, who told you, she said, he himself told her. Her father did not believe and consider this too as one of her wild stories.

  9. She said to Geoff that when Danny was leaving, he said that he would meet her next week and he would give her autograph also. Geoff did not paid attention to her.

  10. At this point of lesson, she started believing her own fake stories and lies.

  11. On Saturday Sophie went to watch united with her father and little Derek who went down neat the goal. Geoff went with his mates higher up. Her father was screaming for him to pass and beating the hesitant goalkeeper form a dozen yards. After the match her father went to pub to celebrate.

  12. Next week Jensie came to know that Sophie met Denny Casey, as Geoff told this to Frank who told this to Jensie.

  13. Sophie expected that Jensie will be angry for the lie she said about her and Denny's date.

  14. As Jensie was not angry on her nor frustrated, she realised that Jensie was unaware of Sophie and Denny's date

  15. She walked by the canal, along a sheltered path lighted only by the glare of the lamps form the wharf across the water, and the unceasing drone of the city. It was the place she had often played in when she was a child. She sat on a wooden bench and waited for Denny.

  16. After waiting for a while, she imagined him coming, coming out of the shadows. After some time, idea of him not coming started evoking in her mind.

  17. Her mind started thinking that what she would say to all of them who always doubt her, she envisaged Geoff's disappointed face and how he will slam the door in anger.

  18. She climbed crumbling steps to street, outside the pub she saw her father's bicycle, she was glad that he would not be there at home.

  19. When she was passing the pub she pictured him again near the arcade