"Why not?" Cus demanded, affronted.
"Because it's for trolling, and you said you didn't troll."
"How do you know I won't?" Cus asked.
"I don't," the clerk said, "but why don't you wait until you do?" By now, the clerk's fingers had worked their way around the reel, and with a triumphant cry he snatched it away from a defeated D'Amato.
"I guess you're right," Cus said sadly.
D'Amato's fascination with fishing has led him into the larger world of nature. Not long ago, he told a friend, "I've been hearing about a guy I want to learn about. I've heard a lot of quotes, and after I heard his name with the fourth or fifth one, I said to myself that I gotta know this guy better."
"Who's the guy?" the friend asked.
"Thoreau," Cus said.
"Thoreau!" the friend exclaimed.
"You know him?" Cus asked excitedly.