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What contrast exists between the beach and the bay?

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To begin, the beach is identified as "the safe beach"; it is the beach Jerry and his mother have always visited on holiday.  It is a place that he associates with his childhood, with safety, and with her protection. 

The bay, on the other hand, is "the wild bay," and, as Jerry drew nearer to it,

he saw that spread among small promontories and inlets of rough, sharp rock, and the crisping, lapping surface showed stains of purple and darker blue.  Finally as he ran sliding and scraping down the last few yards, he saw an edge of white surf and the...

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