In Laurie Colwin's "The Man Who Jumped into the Water," the reader is presented with the mystery of a suicide.
Through the narrator, Martha, we learn that other people responded to some quality in Charlie that made them want to be around him.
Charlie got the best out of what you were at the time you were it.
Because the narrator was a teenager at that time, however, and she sometimes mentions that her father saw things differently, we suspect that quality often remained hidden from adults.
Charlie also, she tells us, was fully engaged in life: he "put himself entirely into what he was doing." One of those things was diving, and the "water" of the title is the swimming pool that he had...
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