Many of us have a story about one. She tells of her first unrequited love affair with a local boy and her terrible first experience with alcohol that ensued. The narrator discovers the pain of unrequited love, the judgment of others, and the consequences of naivete, but she becomes savvier adult in the process. Another theme is the constraints of small town life.
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The unnamed narrator creates quite a mess for herself thanks to her teenage angst and naivety. Darcy in a school production of Pride and Prejudice and has moved on to another girl. Babysitting the Berrymans The night when everything went south was when the narrator babysat for the Berrymans.
The Berrymans were new in town and had a few drinks with friends at home before setting out for the evening. Unfortunately, she got all the details from her friend, Joyce. She poured not one, but two full glasses and downed both in quick succession. The boys start playing music and dancing to entertain themselves. Joyce decides to raid the refrigerator. Before long, the Berrymans return home early and are none too pleased to find their house full of teenagers and their babysitter drunk.
Berryman proceeds to drive the narrator home, where she spills the whole story to her mother. Years later, after Martin is married and the narrator has married, the two ran into each other. After pining for a lost boyfriend, the narrator is decides to imbibe too much alcohol during a babysitting gig. Due to her own naivety, she overdoes it and has to call friends to come help. She is found out by the couple who hired her to babysit, as well as her mother, and pays dearly for her actions among her high school peers and around town.
An ounce of cure beforehand would have surely been easier than cleaning up her mess afterward. Related posts:.
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Yozshuzilkree By continuing to use this website, you agree to their use. She learned from her mistake and she did not let it destroy the rest of her life. The theme is the growing process and that is exactly what the narrator experiences. These elements are what I consider to be the important elements in this story. Teenagers often exaggerate their tragedies as their insecurities hit them hard which result in sometimes towards life threatening.
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An Ounce of Cure by Alice Munro: Summary & Analysis