Eddie is one of Grandma Kurnitz’s sons, father to Jay and Arty, and brother to Louie, Bella, and Gertrude. At the top of the show, it is revealed that he recently lost his wife to an illness which has put him in a massive amount of debt. This forces him to leave for 10 months to earn money to pay off his debts, leaving his boys with his mother and sister, Bella. He is described as being a loving father to his sons and is an emotional, sensitive man, tearing up and crying on multiple occasions due to heightened emotions. He is resentful of his mother for how she treated him and his siblings growing up as well as for disapproving of his late wife. Nevertheless, he knows he must leave his sons with her and seems to repair some of his relationship with her by the end of the play.


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