Random Ways the Characters Became Friends

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Re: Random Ways the Characters Became Friends

Post by babathoust » 21 Feb 2018, 09:05

I feel it was fateful, each character was in need of the other just when they all met. Fly fishing is not the reason for their friendship to form but was a perfect way to get the bond even bolder.

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Post by CommMayo » 21 Feb 2018, 12:32

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Some friendships made more sense than others. I could totally understand Sophie and Veronica bonding over a long flight and staying friends afterwards, but I found it really strange that Melody just fit right into the group as if she'd always been there. I don't know how she was that comfortable with four complete strangers.
Oddly enough, I took a young coworker under my wing and introduced her to my group of rather eccentric friends. She just had that kind of personality that could instantly mesh with a group of total strangers who were way out of her comfort zone. It is rare, but it can happen.

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Post by Yolimari » 21 Feb 2018, 12:45

I thought that the way in which Sophie and Amanda met was realistic. They met the first time at Sophie's pumpkin patch. They just started talking and liked each other. It was not until the second time Amanda visited the greenhouse that Sophie invited her fly fishing. I also thought the way Sophie and Rose met was believable. They met at a fly shop. Rose strated making witty and funny comments about the flies.
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Post by Star88 » 24 Feb 2018, 23:45

I too have made some friends in a matter of minutes of first meeting each other. I'm still surprised by how fast it sometimes happened.

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Post by bookowlie » 25 Feb 2018, 10:57

Bookish Creature and Kieran_Obrien - I also thought it was odd that Melody became "instant" friends with the group, considering her introverted personality. It's not like she had anything in common with any of them or fished previously. It seemed out of character for an introvert to stay with Rose for a few days. Although Melody was a free, independent spirit, she was, as Kieran mentioned, more of a loner. I guess the author was trying to bring out the fact that friendship can bloom between people who have divergent lifestyles and personalities.
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Post by Izesicle » 25 Feb 2018, 12:01

It's funny. I'm skeptical about friendships that developed too quickly in the book, but in my life, some of my friendships did develop that quickly. Usually because of common interests.

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Post by bookowlie » 26 Feb 2018, 00:09

babathoust wrote:
21 Feb 2018, 09:05
I feel it was fateful, each character was in need of the other just when they all met. Fly fishing is not the reason for their friendship to form but was a perfect way to get the bond even bolder.
Good point! Sophie and Rose are the exception - they first became friends through their shared interest in fly fishing (meeting in a fly shop). I do agree with you that the others might have just wanted a friend at first. The other three women didn't previously fish, but were willing to try in order to make friends. Amanda was certainly in need of some girl time, since she was a harried young mother. Melody just kind of went with the flow, so I don't necessarily think fly fishing was the initial reason she became friends with the others. Things just developed organically with Melody, due to the circumstances at the time.
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Post by CommMayo » 26 Feb 2018, 10:38

Star88 wrote:
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I too have made some friends in a matter of minutes of first meeting each other. I'm still surprised by how fast it sometimes happened.
I've had similar things happen as well. It does usually help when we meet in the context of a sport or hobby. For me it is sailing or kayaking. Having a mutual interest does seem to speed things along.

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Post by bookowlie » 26 Feb 2018, 11:03

I agree a friendship gets started faster if there is a shared interest. The exception might be why the way Veronica and Sophie met - being in a confined space (a plane) for a length of time. That's why so many people become friends in the workplace. They are in the same office day after day, and they have the same reference points. That's why some people drift apart after they stop working together - they might not have much else in common.
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Post by babathoust » 27 Feb 2018, 07:08

bookowlie wrote:
26 Feb 2018, 00:09
babathoust wrote:
21 Feb 2018, 09:05
I feel it was fateful, each character was in need of the other just when they all met. Fly fishing is not the reason for their friendship to form but was a perfect way to get the bond even bolder.
Good point! Sophie and Rose are the exception - they first became friends through their shared interest in fly fishing (meeting in a fly shop). I do agree with you that the others might have just wanted a friend at first. The other three women didn't previously fish, but were willing to try in order to make friends. Amanda was certainly in need of some girl time, since she was a harried young mother. Melody just kind of went with the flow, so I don't necessarily think fly fishing was the initial reason she became friends with the others. Things just developed organically with Melody, due to the circumstances at the time.
Exactly my point! I also do believe the strongest of friendships have a common factor besides the obligation of being friendly to each other so as to bolster the bond even more.

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Post by bookowlie » 27 Feb 2018, 12:33

babathoust wrote:
27 Feb 2018, 07:08
bookowlie wrote:
26 Feb 2018, 00:09
babathoust wrote:
21 Feb 2018, 09:05
I feel it was fateful, each character was in need of the other just when they all met. Fly fishing is not the reason for their friendship to form but was a perfect way to get the bond even bolder.
Good point! Sophie and Rose are the exception - they first became friends through their shared interest in fly fishing (meeting in a fly shop). I do agree with you that the others might have just wanted a friend at first. The other three women didn't previously fish, but were willing to try in order to make friends. Amanda was certainly in need of some girl time, since she was a harried young mother. Melody just kind of went with the flow, so I don't necessarily think fly fishing was the initial reason she became friends with the others. Things just developed organically with Melody, due to the circumstances at the time.
Exactly my point! I also do believe the strongest of friendships have a common factor besides the obligation of being friendly to each other so as to bolster the bond even more.
I am a little confused. Being friendly is not an obligation. Normally, people are friends because they chose to be, not because it is an obligation.
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Post by Emmanae » 27 Feb 2018, 23:51

I feel like if I was out doing something I was passionate about and someone else came along doing it, there's a good chance we'd want to do that thing together. I may be optimistic, but it paints a nice narrative to me. :)

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Post by bookowlie » 28 Feb 2018, 01:09

Emmanae wrote:
27 Feb 2018, 23:51
I feel like if I was out doing something I was passionate about and someone else came along doing it, there's a good chance we'd want to do that thing together. I may be optimistic, but it paints a nice narrative to me. :)
I agree. I think we all gravitate toward people who have similar interests. Still, the only characters that met through the shared love of fly fishing (in a fly shop) were Rose and Sophie. The rest of them only learned how to fly fish after meeting Sophie or, in Melody's case, the group.
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Post by Samy Lax » 28 Feb 2018, 01:41

The way Sophie and Rose bonded in the fly shop over the topic of an interest they both share - that was beautiful. Is it possible in real life? I guess it is. I did make a good friend in a random one-day zumba session somewhere. And, we are in touch daily now. Are we as close as Sophie and Rose? It's hard to tell right now. But, it's a beautiful story of friendship between Sophie and Rose, and it makes me happy just reading about it (such a sentimental dork!) .
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Post by babathoust » 28 Feb 2018, 05:30

bookowlie wrote:
27 Feb 2018, 12:33
babathoust wrote:
27 Feb 2018, 07:08
bookowlie wrote:
26 Feb 2018, 00:09


Good point! Sophie and Rose are the exception - they first became friends through their shared interest in fly fishing (meeting in a fly shop). I do agree with you that the others might have just wanted a friend at first. The other three women didn't previously fish, but were willing to try in order to make friends. Amanda was certainly in need of some girl time, since she was a harried young mother. Melody just kind of went with the flow, so I don't necessarily think fly fishing was the initial reason she became friends with the others. Things just developed organically with Melody, due to the circumstances at the time.
Exactly my point! I also do believe the strongest of friendships have a common factor besides the obligation of being friendly to each other so as to bolster the bond even more.
I am a little confused. Being friendly is not an obligation. Normally, people are friends because they chose to be, not because it is an obligation.
True, but i will disagree with the term you used "normally". these days most friendships are formed to benefit each other in my opinion, the true and real ones are rare.

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