Sophie’s father belonged to lower middle class. Nevertheless, he was like any other father. He was a hard working man with a realistic approach towards life. He came across as an overweight, dishevelled man, wearing his dirty and sweaty vest, hogging shepherd’s pie. He was not able to provide much for his family because of which the family always had to face money constraints and hardships. He is a practical man, who does not entertain his daughter’s fantasies. He does not believe Sophie when she says that she has met Danny Casey. He dismisses her by calling it one of her ‘wild stories’. He wants Sophie to be a hard working and worldly-wise girl. He himself is an ardent fan of football and pays a weekly visit to the stadium to watch the game.