What are some traits of both Sheila Mant and the narrator in W. D. Wetherell's short story "The Bass, the River, and Sheila Mant"?

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Sheila:

  • Self-centered (She talks almost exclusively about herself.)
  • Vain (She talks about being a model.)
  • Opinionated (She says fishing is “definitely dumb.”)
  • Beautiful (What else does the narrator see in her?)
  • Thoughtless or Selfish (She leaves the narrator for an older guy with a car.)

Narrator:

  • Observant (Watches the Mants from afar.)
  • Meticulous (Check out how he preps the canoe for the date, sets up his fishing rig, even uses the dog to set the drag.)
  • Assertive (He does ask Sheila out and push enough for her to agree.)
  • Quiet (As he says at the end, others have often told him he’s different, just like Sheila did.)
  • Reflective (He’s telling this story as a way of thinking about it--and he reflected enough at the time to avoid repeating the same mistake.)

Sheila:

- Self-centered (She talks almost exclusively about herself.)

- Vain (She talks about being a model.)

- Opinionated (She says fishing is “definitely dumb.”)

- Beautiful (What else does the narrator see in her?)

- Thoughtless (She leaves the narrator for an older guy with a car.)

Narrator:

- Observant (Watches the Mants from afar.)

- Meticulous (Check out how he preps the canoe for the date, sets up his fishing rig, even uses the dog to set the drag.)

- Assertive (He does ask Sheila out and push enough for her to agree.)

- Quiet (As he says at the end, others have often told him he’s different, just like Sheila did.)

- Reflective (He’s telling this story as a way of thinking about it--and he reflected enough at the time to avoid repeating the same mistake.)

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