Why does the narrator hide the fishing rod from Sheila?  

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In the story “The Bass, the River, and Sheila Mant ,” the narrator has a crush on his beautiful neighbor, Sheila Mant. The narrator is fourteen years old, while Sheila is seventeen. He spends a lot of his time trying to catch Sheila’s attention. For instance, he does “endless laps between his house and the Vermont shore so that she can notice the beauty of his flutter kick, or the power of his crawl.” Finally, he works up the courage to ask her out on a date, and she accepts. Instead of going by car, he offers to take her by canoe, hoping that she'll find this thrilling. He cleans up the canoe in readiness for his date with Sheila and even “polishes it with Brilo.” He leaves...

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