O 'Brien's On The Rainy River'
He was an observer as Tim described him, over-watching his actions as if he were a godlike figure. Elroy Berdahl was a deus ex machina to O'Brien's history, attempting to guide his decision through opportunity. "It struck me then that he must've planned it. I'll never be certain, of course, but I think he meant to bring me up against the realities, to guide me across the river and to take me to the edge and to stand a kind of vigil as I chose a life for myself" (O'Brien 56). It was an opportunity to decide how his fate is woven, a decision that left O'Brien in a moral split. He was in swimming proximity of the Canadian shoreline, describing the features with striking detail in the form of visual imagery. This only exemplifies Tim's exhilaration during that very moment. However, Elroy's efforts were shortcoming, as O'Brien was fiercely bound to his home country by his own