The following lines establish the man’s confusion about the meaning of Good Friday. He admits that he isn’t particularly sure whether Good Friday was the day of Christ’s crucifixion or resurrection. The man’s language is informal and meandering as he asks which event the day commemorates.
As the poem continues, the man moves onto discuss the apparent ignorance of the
working man. This section is fairly comical as the man draws a comparison between himself and the speaker (identified as
The stranger summarises his efforts to explain the difference between the
working man and an
educatit man with his conclusion that the working man is
jist bliddy ignorant – Christ aye,/bliddy ignorant.
The repetition emphasises the finality of the man’s conclusion, that it is education which separates the working man from others. This highlights the man’s impression of a class divide, albeit communicated with humour - after searching for just the right words he settles on a simple, stark description.
The closing section of the poem describes the arrival of the bus at a stop and the stranger’s unsteady steps as he leaves. This visual image links the opening and ending of the poem – it begins with the shaky movements of the bus and concludes with the stranger’s uncertain progress and his search for Easter eggs.