Why does Jerry go back and forth between the two bodies of water? What might this symbolize?
At the beginning of the story, Jerry thinks of the beach where he played as a child, the beach where his mother still goes, as the "safe beach." Later, he even thinks of it as a "place for small children," feeling insistent that it "was not his beach." In the beginning of the story, he thinks of the other beach as the "wild bay"; it has an element of danger, in part, because when he goes there, he is alone. His mother is back at the "safe beach," looking like a "speck of yellow under an umbrella that looked like a slice of...
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