Retell the story of O’Brien’s stay at the tip top lodge from the point of view of Elroy Berdahl?
In the summer of 1968, a rather curious young man came to me. By looking at him, and with the war ads going on at the time, I could tell he was a runaway, as canada is just across the other side of the river. I didn’t say that to him, of course, but we both knew that each other knew. He stayed at the lodge for a week or two, and offered to do the house chores for the stay.
We did not become instant friends, but slowly acknowledge each other, trusting. When it was time to go, I left hijm two hundred dollars, which he wouldn’t take, and cried on the boat. I pretended not to notice, and rowed him back.