Her Husband Analysis
Comes home dull with coaldust deliberately
To grime the sink and foul towels and let her
Learn with scrubbing brush and scrubbing board
The stubborn character of money.
And let her learn through what kind of dust
He has earned his thirst and the right to quench it
And what sweat he has exchanged for his money
And the bloodweight of money he'll humble her
With new light on her obligations
The fried, woody, chips, kept warm two hours in the
Are only part of her answer
Hearing the rest, he slams them to the fire back
And is away round the horseend singing
Come back to sorrento in a voice
Of resounding corrugated iron
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earned his thirst" ....from working, and the right to quench it
"And what sweat he has exchanged for his money and the blood weight of money"
So obviously he does hard physical labor at work
His inferiority at his job quite possibly makes him feel like less of a man because he has little to no power at all,
so he establishes his superiority by treating his wife at home how he is tested at work.....an example of a
reversal of roles
He is starting to become the very thing he resents
"He'll humble her with new light on her obligations"
So he is belittling the work that she is doing around the house because he feels like his job is much more
important, so he is throwing the fact that he gets money....blood money at his job, and he's going to let it be
known how hard he works, for the sake of his own pride, and male ego
But the reality is, if it was not for his wife, he wouldn't even have a place to come home to, so that he could feel
dominant, so the questions
Then becomes, whose role is really more critical
In line 10, through the rest of the 3rd stanza, we read that she reminds her husband the things she does, like
cooks him dinner, which is in the oven when he arrives, and has been in the oven for two hours
Side note: this implies he came home later than usual
And as she continues to list what she does, he slams his food back in the oven, and drunkenly going around the
house singing. "Come back to sorrento"
Come back to sorrento is a Neapolitan song composed in the early 1900s written kn Italian , and became very