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I was nineteen a mere child an infant and here in the space of five minutes Id struck down one greasy character and blundered into the waterlogged carcass of another 7 After mistakenly interrupting the romantic interlude of a greasy man and his girlfriend at Greasy Lake the evening becomes a succession of negative events for the three boys Following a fight with the greaser the boys then turn their attention to his screaming girlfriend as her man lies unconscious on the ground The narrator and his two friends are suddenly interrupted during their assault of the greasers girlfriend by two fraternity boys and must flee the scene of their various crimes The narrator runs in a blind panic through the woods and unconsciously wades into Greasy Lake As he thrashes wildly through the murky water his progress impeded by the feculent growth the narrator flounders into a corpse Shocked a moment passes before the narrator realizes what he has encountered Upon doing so he becomes more panicked Understood and stumbled back in horror and revulsion7 It is at this point that the narrator abandons all pretence of being a bad character by displaying his true emotions and reactions of fear and disgust towards the events that have transpired and the environment in which he finds himself Throughout the evening at Greasy Lake the narrator discards his defiant adolescent persona and regresses significantly in confidence and maturity due to the traumatic events endured until he consequently reverts to a temporary infantile mentality until finally regaining some composure in order to escape Greasy Lake Greasy Lake begins with the narrator describing the qualities which were prevalent among boys during his adolescence There was a time when courtesy and winning ways went out of style when it was good to be bad1 This first sentence establishes for the reader when the story is being told indicating that the narrator is reflecting upon a past event This
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