The Bass, the River, and Sheila Mant

by W. D. Wetherell

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What is the mood of "The Bass, the River, and Sheila Mant"?

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One can identity several different moods in “The Bass, the River, and Sheila Mant,” depending on which of the narrator’s perspectives one considers. The narrator is writing as his adult self looking back on an adolescent experience. In that regard, his mood is both nostalgic and humorous. He can easily see the teenage mistakes he made in trying to have his cake and eat it too. Rather than really considering what Sheila wanted, the boy tried to convince himself that an older girl would share the interests of a younger boy. Because many people can look back on such a situation, when they wanted to impress someone but also stick with their selfish goals, the humor of the experience comes through. Seen in a different light, however, if one considers the story in terms of the boy’s emotions while it was going on, the mood would more likely be anxiety. He is nervous about the impression he is making on the girl and, as he is highly uncertain that he is taking the right approach, the nerves get the best of him.

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