Two versions of the narrative told by two people present at the skating party portion insight into the versions they believe to be true, except one narrative Teller has a few secrets that has laid guilt on his head for over 30 old ages. Merna Summers ‘ TheA SkatingA PartyA holds a lesson in love and life ; A NathanA and Winnie Singleton ‘s narratives are different, Winnie believes Nathan tragically lost his ‘wife to be ‘ in a skating accident, when in world Nathan loses a love, no 1 else but him knows of. Nathan ‘s ideas on the temper of the dark, and his indirect statement mentioning to his tragic episode will uncover why the storyteller considered it peculiar that Uncle Nathan had ne’er married and who he was truly in love with.

Winnie ‘s version of the skating party is accompanied with darkness so beautiful that Nox the goddess of dark could be present ; the dark ski fluttered with Moon visible radiation and cloud, the bon fire ‘s devil like contemplation quivered over the frozen H2O. Friends and household dance with one another unmindful to anything outside their charming ice-land. As the dark advanced, people went up to the house where the party would go on ; two immature ladies went in opposite waies of everyone else and went through the thin ice.A

A A A A A A A A A A A A A A A ” Near the fire, people heard their [ the two misss ]

A A A A A A A A A A A A A A A calls for aid. A group of work forces skated out to deliver

A A A A A A A A A A A A A A A them. ” ( Summers pg. 190-191 )

At the forepart of the line was Nathan Singleton, and coincidentally the two misss being saved are his married woman to be Eunice and her sister Delia, the party was being held for both Nathan and Eunice on the history of their approaching matrimony ; and now Nathan is linked with several other work forces from the party seeking to salvage his fiance and her sister. Winnie tells the narrative of her brother in-laws brush with decease.

A A A A A A A A A A A A A A A ” Your uncle Nathan risked his life, my female parent saidaˆ¦

A A A A A A A A A A A A A A A There was no manner on Earth he could salvage both misss. “ A

A A A A A A A A A A A A A A A A A A A A A A A A A A A A A A A A A A A A A A A A ( Summers pg.191 )

Tragically, Nathan did non salvage both misss, during the ordeal the Moon was concealing behind the clouds and Nathan could non do out faces, he grabbed the first set of custodies he could and the other brace went under without a hint. Winnie and everyone else portion the feeling of, how dry and sad ; we all know Nathan wanted to salvage his love Eunice.

A A A A A A A A A A A A A A A ” It troubled me that he had [ non ] had someA

A A A A A A A A A A A A A A A manner of cognizing. I would hold expectedA

A A A A A A A A A A A A A A A love to be able to name out to love ”

A A A A A A A A A A A A A A A A A A A A A A A A A A A A A A A A A A A ( Summers pg.191 )

In Winnie ‘s eyes, Nathan saves the incorrect miss and repent his hapless judgement for the remainder of his life that by him doing that error, there is the sarcasm ; he loses his love by catching the incorrect custodies from the freeze lake.A

A A A A A Uncle Nathan shows indirectly and straight that he is in love with Delia non Eunice ;

A A A A A A A A A A A A A A A ” I [ Nathan ] suppose I liked Eunice atA

A A A A A A A A A A A A A A A foremost because she looked so much likeA

A A A A A A A A A A A A A A A Delia ” ( Summers pg. 196 )

Nathan was besides stating the narrative of rock adult male hill to his niece, rock adult male hill was the symbol of his confusion between Eunice and Delia.

A A A A A A A A A A A A A A A ” I wanted bothaˆ¦ I thought when dad told me to acquire

A A A A A A A A A A A A A A A those stones picked, that that was what I had to make.

A A A A A A A A A A A A A A A I think now I should hold spoken up. I know for yearsA

A A A A A A A A A A A A A A A I felt guilty whenever I remembered that I had done merely

A A A A A A A A A A A A A A A what was expected of me. ” ( Summers pg.190 )

Nathan stating this shows this was the symbol between Eunice and Delia, he was expected to get married and fall in love, so he asked Eunice to get married him and he expected subsequently to fall in love because Delia was taken and he was expected non to interfere. He felt that when he was delivering he had a pick, he says ;

A A A A A A A A A A A A A A A ” But I could see their custodies on the border of the ice,

A A A A A A A A A A A A A A A the one brace of weaponries had white pelt around them [ Eunice ] .

A A A A A A A A A A A A A A A And I reached for the other brace. “ ( Summers pg 199 )

When Nathan says,

A A A A A A A A A A A A A A A ” I think I should hold spoken up ” ( summers pg.190 )

This is Nathan indirectly feel like he was expected to draw up his fiance , but he loved Delia, he wanted to be with her alternatively of Eunice so he picked Delia out of the H2O foremost because he did non desire to experience guilty once more for non talking how he genuinely felt.

A A A A A Nathan loved Delia, he did non love Eunice or anyone else, and he was pressured to make what everybody expected and was traveling along with get marrieding Eunice until his scruples stepped in, and stopped him. His opportune minute was when both were in the lake looking to be saved and he rescued Delia foremost seting her out of injury ‘s manner foremost and so looking for Eunice who was taken under. The dry thing is Delia did non love Nathan nor knew he loved her, and she had left Willow Bunch to Edmonton three yearss subsequently. Nathan is left without a married woman and his true love in his head the calamity was non the decease of Eunice, but the going of Delia his true love. When everyone else at Willow Bunch including Winnie saw the calamity as a immature adult male in love losing his love to an inadvertent death.A A A A A