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In the novel A Bridge to Wisemans Cove the main character Carl Matt is forced to face the fact that his mother has disappeared after not coming back from one of her holidays He is sent to live in Wattle beach where he meets people that he connects with Carl then changes from being a shy reserved person to being an out going young man that isnt scared to show his emotions When Carls mother would go away on her holidays she would normally go away for a week or two One day she took off and left the kids they knew that she had gone on a holiday however it got to a month and she hadnt returned It is then that Carls sister decided to leave Carl and his brother Harley with his aunt Beryl Carl and his family feel frustrated and angry at their mother They were unaware that their mother was on her way home when her bus crashed The reason that they didnt find out she had died was because she had smuggled aboard the bus and the police were unable to identify her body When Carl is living with Beryl he tries his hardest to help her out by paying Beryl rent Carl had no choice but to drop out of school because the social security payments ran out when he turned fourteen so he had to pay Beryl Beryl didnt want the boys she feels like she has been forced to look after them The only reason she keeps them is because she is getting social security money and because Carl is paying her rent Carls wages go towards food and other household costs Carl is feeling at a loss he has suddenly become responsible for supporting Harley and himself At this stage in the novel Carl feels alone This is evident when he is sitting at the cafeacute watching Nathan Maddie and the others
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