The story at hand- 'Going Places' by A.R. Barton, recounts the pangs of a growing adolescent girl Sophie, vividly portraying her new emotions of fantasising and hero-worship of the famous Irish footballer Danny Casey. Some of the theme explored in the story are sibling relationship in adolescence, emotional see-saw and hero-worship.
The story begins with a simple conversation between the two friends, Sophie and Jansie, on their way home from school, as Sophie reveals her post schooling plans. She dreams of opening a boutique, similar to the one owned by Mary Quant, the famous fashion designer.
Jansie reminds Sophie that she would need money for something like that and saving it would take good long time, besides her father would never allow it. However Sophie continues to weave her dreams-
She reaches home, still lost in her thoughts, and announces that if she gets money, she'll buy a boutique to which her father scornfully remarks that he would rather buy a decent house with that money. Sophie's little brother Derek quips at her fantasies while her mother, busy with her household chores, merely sighs. Sophie feels 'a tightening in her throat' or dejected and goes looking for her brother Geoff.
Geoff was kneeling on the floor in the next room mending his motorcycle, sitting over some newspaper spread on the carpet. He had left school three years ago and was presently an apprentice in a mechanic shop and travelled to the other side of the town daily for work. He had reserved nature and spoke rarely.
He was usually quiet and didn't make friends easily. Sophie wished to be a part of her brother's fantasies. She was also keen to explore the outside world which she thought was awaiting her arrival.
Sophie told her brother that she had met Danny Casey, the famous Irish Footballer in the arcade. According to her, she had been looking at the clothes in the Royce's window when he stood behind her. Geoff does not believe her and asked her to describe his looks. Just then their father entered the room and listening to the story looked at Sophie scornfully, in. he warned Sophie against such wild fantasies and stories.