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Why does Jerry go back and forth between the two bodies of water? What might this symbolize?

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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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