“Following your Dreams”
The fish or the girl, what would it be? In English class I read the story “The Bass, the River, and Sheila Mant”, by W. D. Wetherell. The narrator should have picked the fish because it was bigger than any fish he ever caught, Sheila should have been loyal and stayed with him through the whole dance, and Sheila Mant used him.
Splash! Splash! Splash! I have recently read the story “The Bass, the River, and Sheila Mant”. The narrator should have picked the fish, because it was bigger than any fish her ever caught before. In the story it says “…an awesome distance downstream, it jumped clear of the water, landing with a concussion heavy enough to ripple the entire river” (W.D. Wetherell p.8). Also if the rod starts bending you know that the fish is heavy. “… the rod was bending again, the tip dancing in the water” (W.D.Wetherell p.8). It also says “… but the memory of that loss bass haunted me all summer and haunts me still” (W.D. Wetherell p.10). When something sticks to your memory, it has to mean something to you weather it was big, small, or even tall. In the story it says that it was the biggest bass he ever hooked. The narrator should have picked the fish, instead of the girl.
Although the narrator took Sheila Mant to the dance, she should have stayed with him the whole time. In the story it states “I may have danced once or twice with her, but all I really remember is her coming over to me once the music was done to explain that she would be going home in Eric Caswell’s Corvette” (W.D. Wetherell p.10). Even if Sheila was going home with Eric she could have just said she was going home with him, and not saying that she was going home in his Corvette. That just shows that she was rubbing it in his face. Sheila Mant could have just gone home with the narrator.
The narrator also should have picked the fish, because Sheila Mant used him. Most of the ride to the dance Sheila talked about Eric. She said “Eric said I have the figure to model, but I thought I should get an education first” (W.D. Wetherell p.8). “For the first time that night she looked at me, really looked at me. You’re a funny kid, you know that?”(W.D. Wetherell p.10). Even thought she told him that he was funny, it was nothing new to him. Everybody told him that. She should have told him something different. Sheila Mant used the narrator to get to the dance. Once Sheila got to the dance, and saw Eric there she basically forgot about the narrator.
The narrator had the choice of picking the fish, or Sheila Mant. He picked Sheila Mant, when he should have picked the fish. Sheila Mant used the narrator, and the fish was bigger than any fish he ever caught. You should really trust me about this story because I am a good judge of character.