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A Cold River Turns Warm Short story writers often use landcape elements to enchance their stories Warm River by Erstine Coldwell effectively uses enviroment in a variety of ways to contribute to understanding of the story Refrences to the footbridge mountains and light all help to clarify the theme of love Although the footbridge only appears at the beginning of the story it is one way to understanding the theme When Richard gets off the train he has taken to get to Gretchens house he discovers he must cross a suspended footbridge across a river to get to her As he walks across the footbridge moves and he gets nervous Coldwell writes the creaking footbridge swayed with the rhythm of my stride and the momentum of its swing soon overcame my pace 221 This is an example of what is going through Richards head he is hesitant about love When Richard finally crosses the footbridge he laughed at himself for running from the footbridge Gretchen greeted him at the gravel path Gretchen exclaimed Did the footbridge frighten you Richard221 This quotation helps the reader understand that Richard fears the thought of love The footbridge adds a suspensefull touch to the story which helps the reader grasp what is going on The mountains are a sign on love in this short story Gretchens father was a master mechanic He awaited Richards arrival on the front porch Father inquires Is this the first time you have been up here in the mountains Richard 223 This was not only Richards first time being in the mountains but his first time ever being in love Gretchens father was happily married for almost twenty years in the mountains It is
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