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How is class addressed in the short story "The Swimmer?"

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One of the main themes in "The Swimmer" is the gap between social status and wealth. Ned, the protagonist , was once a person of wealth and held in regard in his affluent community. The story takes place after some unnamed series of misfortunes which ended with Ned as, essentially, the town drunk; he either cannot or refuses to remember his misfortune, still believing himself to be a paragon of the social community. It is also possible that Ned, in his drunkenness, has forgotten all the elapsed time between riding out the storm in the gazebo and finding himself on the side of...

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