Gift from the Sea - Study Guide The Channeled Whelk Summary & Analysis

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During a daily visit to the shore, the author discovers the empty shell of a channeled whelk, a small snail-like creature. There is evidence a hermit crab also inhabited the shell but there is no indication why either creature deserted its home. Why did the whelk leave its only form of protection? Why did it flee? In contemplating the abandonment, Anne realizes she has also abandoned the shell of everyday life.

The shell of the channeled whelk is a perfect piece of architecture that mesmerizes the author. Each feature of the shell is a seamless work of art, as beautiful as the day it was created. The salt washed exterior was once a dull gold. The alteration of the shell and its beauty is surely an orchestration of nature.

The author spends a great deal of time exploring and analyzing metaphors...

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