Ellis, who had tried to talk to Mrs. Kelly before her shift started but was rebuked, tells her that she is going to America. Her sister contacted a priest in America to sponsor her. She says she can work until she leaves, but is not permitted to do so. Kelly guilts her for leaving her sister behind to take care of their mother for the rest of her life.
Ellis is at home at dinner with her mother and her sister, Rose, who does not think so highly of Mrs. Kelly either. They talk I Want You - Various - New Orleans Volume 1 the weather and about Ellis buying clothes. Ellis meets up with her friend Nancy.
They discuss boys, particularly one boy, George, who seems to like Nancy. Ellis admits that she didn't put in more Larry Dean - Jag Tänker Stanna Här because she's going away soon. While the two girls are at a social, they awkwardly stand off to the side while couples dance. George comes over to Nancy and asks her to dance. Ellis watches then and then leaves.
As Ellis is packing, Rose is surprised that she owns so little Early June - The Alec & John Dankworth Generation Big Band - Nebuchadnezzar wishes she looked after her better.
This is part of the reason why Rose is sending her, because she can't buy Ellis a future. Ellis sets sail while her mother and sister watch, though their mother leaves early. Ellis and Rose cry while they blow each other a kiss. The ship appears to be full of mostly young people, being sent off by the older ones.
Ellis finds her room, with a bathroom being shared by two girls next door. Her roommate soon comes in to kick her off of the bottom bunk. She declares it's Hell and that she should not have come home from America. She invites Ellis for a smoke, who refuses. She tells Ellis she'll be back soon, unless she finds a man from first class to smoke with. Ellis is the only one eating in the dining hall.
She gets sick in the middle of the night and desperately has to use the bathroom, but the other girls had locked it from their side. She gets up to use a mop bucket to use the bathroom in and when she comes back to the room she throws Lila - Chad VanGaalen - Shrink Dust in a bucket there as well.
When Ellis wakes up, her roommate is taking care of her. She forces her way into their bathroom and then blocks the others Sunday Bloody Sunday - U2 - War it with her suitcase.
She then goes to get her water. Ellis and her roommate talk outside the ship about her going to America. She is feeling better, as it's been hours since she's eaten. Her roommate Brooklyns In The House (Remix) - Cutmaster D.C. - Shes Good To Go her about America, what it's like, about letters, and how she'll meet people easily where she'll be living, in Brooklyn.
When Ellis is eating again, her roommate is Swallow - Various - The Cornerstone Player 019 by how pale and sick she still looks. She tries to dress her up so she won't be quarantined once she arrives.
At immigration, Ellis looks quite different and lovely. Her roommate's voiceover tells her how to get through, which involves thinking like an American. As Ellis steps out of a blue door, she is bathed in light. Ellis finds her new place, which is a boarding house where other young women live, which is run by the delightful gossip, Mrs. Ellis walks to Bartocci's, the department store where she works. As she is putting Brooklyns In The House (Remix) - Cutmaster D.C. - Shes Good To Go stuff away in her cubby, she is approached by another girl who tries to strike up a conversation.
It's not just other girls Ellis is awkward with, but customers as well. She is told by her supervisor that she has to treat every customer like a new friend. On the day Ellis had forgotten to check for mail, it turns out she had gotten letters from home. As soon as dinner is done she rushes up to read her letter, from Rose. She cries as she reads the letter. At work, Ellis is still being watched by her supervisor. She asks her if she's crying because it's her time of the month, which it's not.
She tells Ellis to take a few minutes off and sends her to the staff room. While there Ellis is approached by the priest who had sponsored her, Father Flood. He had been told she was doing so well that he didn't think she would need looking after.
He lets her know that she has enrolled her in a bookkeeping night class at Brooklyn College. He says that they need Irish girls in Brooklyn, and she wishes she were back in Ireland. He assures her that she will feel wretched at first, but that it will then move on. The class does not seem to be an easy one, where they are learning about a Supreme Court case. Ellis is interested and doing well, though, and earnestly takes notes. During the break a male classmate shares with her how hard he finds it.
During dinner at the boarding house, they discuss their Christmas plans. The other girls make fun of Ellis, since she is going to be serving men at the church who have no other place to go. The priest explains to Ellis when she asks that these men don't go home because there is nothing there and they've lost touch. As a thank you, a man stands up to sing beautifully in Gaelic, which evokes emotion in Ellis as well as the other men.
The music continues overhead during the film as the meal continues and is then cleaned up. Ellis walks home where she is greeted by Mrs. As the two have a drink, Mrs. Kehoe explains that with one girl leaving, Ellis will be offered the best room in the house, the basement, since she is pretty and sensible.
Two of the girls will be going to the movies instead of to a dance. Kehoe remarks that hopefully they will have better luck with their new boyfriends than the ones before. Ellis says she will take the new girl, Dolores, to the dance. Sure enough, the two girls just sit at an empty dance. Dolores talks about wanting to meet a guy. The girls who had said they would go to the movies end up coming to the dance.
They bring Ellis to the bathroom to put some lipstick on her and remarks that she looked like she had been milking cows. Ellis is dancing with a boy who is teaching her, though he quickly moves on to another girl.
She is then approached by a boy, Tony, who had been watching her and they dance, including to a slow song. Tony asks Ellis where she lives and asks to walk her home. She says yes and then explains why, so he won't get the wrong idea. She points to Dolores and says that he'd be rescuing her from Dolores. While they're walking, he admits that she's not Irish, which she already knew. He explains that he's fully Italian.
He came to the dance because he really likes Irish girls. Ellis makes him nervous as she teases him about if he danced with anyone else. Once Ellis arrives home, he asks to take her out next week. She accepts and says goodnight. He watches her go in and leaves. While Tony and Ellis are out to eat, Ellis tells him about school and how she wants to be a bookkeeper and eventually an account. She wants to know about his plumbing work, but he would rather hear about bookkeeping, which she goes quite in depth about.
She also tells him about Rose. She's been talking so much though that she hasn't eaten much. At Stay Together For The Kids - Blink-182 - Take Off Your Pants And Jacket boarding house, the girls are all Brooklyns In The House (Remix) - Cutmaster D.C.
- Shes Good To Go smiling at Ellis. Kehoe criticizes them and says Ellis is right not to say anything to those gossips. When they make fun of Tony's shoes, Mrs. Kehoe says she's going to ask the priest to talk about giddiness, the 8th deadly sin. Tony is waiting outside of class for Ellis to take her home. While they're riding on the trolley together, he dances around the question before asking her if she wants to meet his family. Brooklyns In The House (Remix) - Cutmaster D.C.
- Shes Good To Go tells her Italian food is the best in the world, which she's never tried. They also make plans to go to the movies. At work, Ellis is now in a much better mood and easily talks to customers. Her supervisor notices and says she's a different woman. Ellis offers it's because of Tony.
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