The Bass, the River, and Sheila Mant

W.D. Wetherell
  In the story, the main character falls in love with a girl named Shiela Mant.  Sheila is seventeen and is living in the cottage right next door on the river.  The main character spends his long days watching her sunbathe and swimming endlessly from his house to the Vermont shore trying to get her attention.  The crisis of this story is when the main character is trying to find a way to ask Shiela out.  Since he lived next door, everyday he watched her trying to find the right moment to ask her out.  One day when the Mants were having a softball game, he saw Shiela standing between first and second , but too far back to be playing the infield.  Finally he worked up the courage to ask her out, and worked on his canoe all the next day.  After circling in the canoe from morning until eight,  the time finally appeared.  When canoeing all the way to Dixford, he had not even a little bit of help from Shiela.  On the way Sheila talked anout how boring fishing is which was surprising because that is what the main character loves to do.  He even brought his fishing rod, that caused a huge conflict when a bass became solidly hooked to the rod of the fishing pole.  Sheila never really noticed that it was connected to the rod when she heard that dredded buzzing noise, but to him it was the sound of catching a huge bass, bigger than any that he has ever caught before.  After hearing how Sheila didn't like fishing, he wasn't sure if he was better off just catching the bass, or better off just letteing it go.  He had to think fast because the sand bar in the slow stream was coming up soon.  When they got to the part of the stream it became clear to him that he had to cut the line or he would have no chance with Sheila.  As soon as they got to the concert, Sheila left him for another guy named, Eric Caswell, that she said strokes number four earlier.  Of course when it came to the end of the night Sheila hopped in Eric's corvette and took off.  After a month went by, he had lost all interest in Sheila, but it would be the bass he would never forget.
The story was told in first person point of view.  The story showed his thoughts throughout the story like, " I remember clearly is emerging from the woods toward dusk while they were playing softball on their lawn, as bashful and frightened as a unicorn.
 The conflict involves (person vs. self) and is both direct and indirect  in different parts of the story.
Character Development- 
The main character changed in the way he grew up during the story.  He was always nervous at first, and was never able to quite get the nerve to talk to her.  By the end of the story he had asked her out, and eventually even got over her.
1.  Strong-  When having the biggest bass he had ever seen hooked on to his rod, and the urge to pick up the rod and strike back at the bass, he was able to hold back and later cut the line.  As he said, "The momory of that bass haunted me all summer and haunts me still."
2.  Courage-  He had the courage to ask Sheila out, after watching and trying to impress her throughout the whhole summer.
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