The Clammer and the Submarine

The Clammer and the Submarine

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The Clammer and the Submarine by William John Hopkins

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and the tide was almost down, and I might at least see how they were getting on. So, my hoe and my boots in my hand, I went down the steep path, and strode along the shore. And, as I came nearer that place which is ever near my heart--where the sod breaks off to the sand just above my clam beds--I thought I got a glimpse of drapery behind a tree-trunk. There are trees there, pretty near the edge of the three-foot bluff, the beginning of a grove which is Old Goodwin's; and a path runs back to his house. I saw that the gleam of white I had seen was from a white dress, a small white dress, a dress that somehow seemed familiar; and I saw a small leg in the air, its stocking in the process of removal. I stepped forward without caution, and I grinned down at my small daughter. It is impossible to be cross with her, she is always so perfectly confident of having done nothing which she should not have done.

So I grinned down at her, and she looked up and grinned back at me.

"Going in wading," she annou

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Submarine? There is none, and most likely will never be one in such a shallow bay, but WWI rages beyond it.
The Clammer can only imagine, as he lives in relative safety on the bay, as he is over the military age.
He fights an inward battle as he remains onshore, when others work, fight ad die for their country.
The submarine that might lurk in the bay becomes his symbol of what might turn out to be a turning point and chance to do more.
The man and his conscience are, The Clammer and the Submarine.