Angela’s Ashes

by: Frank McCourt

Chapter V

Frank endures poverty as a part of life. He accepts uncomplainingly his punishment for eating Bill Galvin’s lunch, even though extreme hunger drove him to do it. Nevertheless, he sees that his family lacks even the most basic luxuries: movies and candy for Frank, cigarettes for Angela, drink for Malachy. Only Frank’s father indulges himself without restraint; Angela has to beg for her cigarettes from the woman at the grocery store, and Frank has to steal from his parents in order to go to the movies.