The Swimmer

John Cheever

Character List

Plot Overview

Analysis of Major Characters

Neddy Merrill -  The protagonist, who decides to go home from his friends’ house by swimming through all the pools in his neighborhood. Neddy and his wife, Lucinda, enjoy a high social standing in their affluent neighborhood. As he swims home, he loses his strength, and his friends begin saying things that suggest that a great deal of time has gone by. When he arrives home, he finds his house empty.

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