Describe the mood at the beginning of the story "The Swimmer?

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The mood at the beginning of this story is humorous and sluggish. The narrator states that "It was one of those midsummer Sundays when everyone sits around saying 'I drank too much last night'." The characters are sitting around the swimming pool being lazy and drinking. This is when Neddy Merrill comes up with the idea to "swim" through the neighborhood back to his home. This idea shows the lazy nature of the day where something like this could be seen as an "adventure". He had nothing productive that needed to be accomplished and therefore became "an explorer" finding new routes to his house.

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