In the novel ÃÂA Bridge to WisemanÃÂs CoveÃÂ, by James Maloney we are introduced to a variety of characters. The main character being a 15 year old boy named Carl Matt; he is from a very troubled background. He experiences his mother dieing and his sister leaving. He gets left with a horrible aunt he experiences many hardships and must change to overcome them. However, he is not the only one who changes in the novel skip, Maddie, Harley all change.
When we are first introduced to Carl Matt we see that he is an introverted, shy, lonely teenage boy. During his time in Wattle Beach he transforms into a more confident person. He meets Joy and comes out of his shell; he develops a sense of security with the Duncans, one that he has never experienced with Kerry and Sarah. He works with Skip on his barge, however skip hated the Matts.
ÃÂMatt the word exploded Skip turned to Joy ÃÂis this some kind of joke? You bring at Matt here on my barge, let him come here, asking me for a job?ÃÂ He was shouting by the time he reached the last word, indignation bludging in his face. ÃÂGet off my barge; he yelled at the boy. Despite the pain skip endures he gives Carl Matt a go. Carl takes advantage of the opportunity and starts a car wash on the barge ÃÂcarls first job on the barge on Friday morning was the placement of Skips hastily painted signs, Vermillion enamel on cardboard, FREE CAR WASH RED BARGEÃÂ. He becomes committed to helping keep JoyÃÂs and SkipÃÂs business afloat. He gains more and more confidence throughout the novel and interacts with kids his own age instead of watching from afar. None of that would have been possible without the help from Joy and SkipAfter the death of skipÃÂs son Graham died at the hands of Dessie Matt he has hated them all ever since, he considers them all mongrels. Skip Duncan has been left in constant pain mentally, emotionally and physically. ÃÂWhen the UTE hit, he was thrown into the water, same as his father. ItÃÂs not SkipÃÂs leg theyÃÂve hated us for; itÃÂs on account of that little boy. Little graham your grandfather killed himÃÂ p191 at the beginning of the novel Skip starts off as a bitter, middle aged man with a bad leg. ÃÂÃÂ but when he reached the bottom, the grace of his movents deserted him as he limped across the deckÃÂp59 he refuses to let Carl work on his barge until Joy talks him into it. Carl Matt works very hard on the barge and Skip grows and lets go of the past, he develops a relationship with Carl and Harley as the sons he never had ÃÂthereÃÂs only one way for the Duncans to travel and the Matts tooÃÂ skip addedÃÂ.
Maddie Duncan begins as a selfish, self centred, spoiled 15 year old child, who lets Nathan Trelfo take advantage of her. ÃÂÃÂ Carl saw then, in the moment before it happened that they were an audience too, just as he was. He saw the faces turned, the hungry eyes of the boys, and the unhappy tremor of the girls. When he looked again he saw that the sarong had fallen open, giving them all a clear view of the boys hand slipping inside the girlÃÂs waistband of the blue bikini his fingers emerging from beneath the lycra to caress the girls legÃÂ he continues takes advantage of her, ÃÂthis is pathetic,ÃÂ NathanÃÂs voice declared. ÃÂHey were you going?ÃÂ Carl dared another look. All the boys were standing now. ÃÂSheÃÂll be useless for anything at midnight,ÃÂ said Nathan. However, after many times of letting Nathan walk all over her she shows courage and change to stand up to him ÃÂhe held out his hand. ÃÂCome with me, Maddie. We donÃÂt have to stay here with this lot.ÃÂ But he knew it was pointless ÃÂIÃÂm not coming Nathan,ÃÂp176So in conclusion, we can evidently say that Carl is not the only one that changes in the novel. He has shown that he is not just a Matt he is Carl Matt, and he is just as good as anybody. Skip has learned not to judge or stereotype people by there last name and let them have a fair go, Maddie has changed and doesnÃÂt let people walk all over her. Is Carl the only one that changes in the novel? I can very clearly and confidently say no.