Gift from the Sea - Double-Sunrise Summary & Analysis

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The author is given an unusual shell by a friend. It is a double-sunrise shell; a shell that is actually two shells joined at the center. Each shell by itself is perfect in symmetry and color. The hinge that joins the two shells is created by correlating points on the center of each. Together, the shells become one yet somehow maintain their own separate identities.

The beach creates a carefree atmosphere between its residents. It is a passerby that gives Anne the shell. The person gives the gift freely without expectation of return. Smiles are given with childlike frequency and intensity. One smiles in return because it is easy and there are no expectations of anything beyond the smile. The author sees these relationships as pure, as they are unencumbered by other influences, pressures, or social obligations. What a relief to have such a simple...

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