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bluffing

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Bluffing By: Gail Helgason Setting Themes The Bear Themes The Forest Liam Bluffing Setting Gabriella Plot •“In that instant, every cell in Gabriella’s body yearned to turn and flee. But some inner force held her, a force she’d never before sensed.” (75)
•“Gabriella’s eyes linger on her feet. When the last bandage is removed, she pulls her chair closer to the bed and stretches her lips into a smile.” (76)
•“The landlord said he’d have to know by October 31 if they would sign for a year… He always speaks to her about these matters, not Liam.” (72)
•“Gabriella decided not to mention the foil-wrapped egg sandwiches in her da ypack…” (74)
•“’I’ve been here every day for the last three weeks’” (76)


•“The landlord said he’d have to know by October 31 if they would sign for a year… He always speaks to her about these matters, not Liam.” (72)
•“His boots left the partial print of an expensive trademark on the soft loamy trail. His jacket was new, too. He spent most of his money on outdoor gear – the little he made guiding American and German tourists up easy climbs in the Rockies.” (72)
•“’If we pool our resources, live in his old van, we’ve got just enough to get by for three months over the winter. So we’re gonna head down south.’” (74)
•“Liam dug into his pack and pulled out a small bottle of Remy Martin, French bread, a wedge of Camembert, and chocolate-covered almonds. She felt a small rush of pleasure. He never lost the ability to surprise her, sometimes through astonishing small deceits, sometimes through extravagant gestures.” (74)
Modern day
Flashes between two time periods (hospital- present day; the hike with the bear incident- three weeks ago) •True personality is only revealed during dire circumstances
•Some examples are the grizzly bear and Gabriella losing her temper
•This ties in to Liam’s relationship with Gabriella, because he always picked up and left to go mountain climbing whenever he wanted to
•When encountering the bear, Liam’s fight-or-flight instincts choose flight and he runs away “Liam wasn’t just stepping back. He was running away as fast as he could.” (Page 75)
•The bear is symbolic of the conflict in Gabriella and Liam's relationship
•The bear is an important symbol to the story as it showcases the theme
•It shows how the two people act when conflict occurs
•Conflict arises because of Gabriella’s grounded personality and Liam’s restlessness since Liam wants to travel to New Mexico and she wants to stay in Jasper
•The conflict increases until it hits the climax when they see the bear
•This was a good choice for symbolism because the author, Gail Helgason, had a deep understanding of Jasper and knew the characteristics and ferocity of grizzly bears
•However in parts of the story where the scenarios aren’t as life-threatening, there is an abundance of bluffing and the dismissal of feelings, such as Gabriella’s actions in the last scene and the two men at the lake
•Only during dire circumstances are true feelings revealed, so when Liam tells Gabriella he’s going to pack up and leave again just when Gabriella needs him to sign the lease on their house, she loses her temper and walks away
The Hospital On page 71, it says- “Inside the hospital, equilibrium returns.”
The hospital represents a clean slate; start of their new relationship
Equilibrium= balanced relationship In hospital, Gabriella faced internal conflict; external conflict disappears (change of environment) Bluffing is a story of a couples relationship and the hard ship they go through
Gail Helgason, who lives in Edmonton, has a short story collection named Fracture Patters. It was short listed in 1996 for both the Writers of Alberta Best First Book Award, and the City of Edmonton Book Prize
"She knows in her bones that she can manage this way, for the rest of the afternoon, at least. She still has that much bluffing left in her." (pg. 76) Bluffing Our Predictions No detail is insignificant Characters Themes Symbols Conflict On page 73- “Gabriella watches as a merlin alights on a bare branch outside the window. Odd that he’d get so close. Then she sees the streaky yellow plumage. Just a baby. He thinks the world is a nurturing place.”
The paragraph foreshadows the imminent danger that is hidden
Unaware of the dangers hidden in it
Significance of the forest: the events that occur in the forest lead to the conflict •The house is symbolic of Gabriella and Liam’s future together as a couple
•It’s important because it’s a source of conflict between the two, it was the reason why Gabriella and Liam went out for a walk in the first place, therefore setting off the plot for the entire story
•Gabriella wants Liam to sign the lease on the house, which is a permanent decision for the next year and a big jump for the couple since Liam always “goes off”
•The house is assurance of a continuing relationship with Liam
The House •The hospital is symbolic of Gabriella true feelings
•Even though on the outside she feels like the hospital has a positive presence. "the corridors are … full of promise" (page 71), in the next sentence she states that "she would have preferred vomit green" (page 71) which shows her true opinion of the hospital
•The smell of the hospital reminds her of "the home-made cleaning solution she prepared at Liam's insistence" (page 71), but when she realized that it didn't clean very well and switched to a janitorial concentrate, "Liam hadn't noticed that she'd stopped using it" (page 71)
The Hospital "Liam wasn't just stepping back. He was running away as fast as he could"

"You know I wasn't trying to run away up there."

"I meant the bear to come after me instead of you."

Internal Conflict External Conflict "If we pool our resources, live in his old van, we've got just enough to get by for three months over the winter. So we're gonna head down south" Setting vs Conflict "I've been here every day for the last three weeks"
"She knows in her bones that she can manage this way, for the rest of the afternoon, at least."
Narration "Gabriella hadn't proposed the hike until the night before"
"The corridors are eggshell white, full of promise, Gabriella thinks."
•“The scent reminds her of the homemade cleaning solution she prepared at Liam’s insistence. She used the mixture for a week, until she noticed that it took twice as long to remove grime as the concentrate she bought at the janitorial supply store.” (71)
•“Let him hoof it a little, she thought. She willed herself to walk fast and stay angry, because she didn’t want to think about what might happen to her if she relented one more time.” (75)
o“Gabriella’s eyes linger on her feet. When the last bandage is removed, she pulls her chair closer to the bed and stretches her lips into a smile.” (76) Gabriella •“Liam wasn’t just stepping back. He was running away as fast as he could.”
•“’I meant for the bear to come after me instead of you’” Dynamic Character Relationship Problems
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