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            "The Bass, the River, and Sheila Mant".
             The short story, The Bass, the River, and Sheila Mant", by W. Wethrell is about a 14 year-old-boy who is infatuated with a 17 year-old-girl named Sheila Mant. This boy, who is unquestionably obsessed with Sheila, finally acquires an exuberance amount of courage and asks her out. Shelia then agrees with his proposal to accompany her to the upcoming dance. Therefore, the evening prior to the dance, he tidies up and polishes his canoe. Also while doing so, the boy drops his fishing line into the water and inattentively forgets to remove it. Later that same night, he canoes over to her bungalow and picks her up. Then by the time they are about halfway to the dance, his forgotten fishing line that is still in the water, snags an enormous bass. Now he has to decide whether he should reel in the fish or cut the line and obtain Sheila Mant's approval for love. In the end, after a great degree of thought, he decides to sever the line. Sooner or later, everyone will make simpleminded decisions based upon infatuation on another individual.
             To be able to ask someone out on a date, you need to have an infatuation on that person and a lot of bravery and courage. In this story, the boy was so obsessed with Sheila Mant, that he had to ask her out. He would not let his bashfulness get in the way of being with a gorgeous girl. He also would not let his agonized decision over what to say to her effect his proposal to ask her to go on a date with him. Despite spending most of the summer debating on whether or not he should ask her out, he inevitably asks her out while she is playing a game of baseball with her family. This is a very good example that portrays why you should listen to your heart and not to your brain. .
             Everybody has done foolish nonsense in their lives. For the teenage boy, this included cutting the fishing line that had a colossal fish on the end of it.

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