Narration and point of view

 The short story “A Wasted Hour” by Jeffrey Archer is a third-person narration told by an unknown narrator with limited knowledge.

The narrator’s limited point of view can be observed through the fact that he offers insight into Kelley’s life, thoughts, and feelings, but does not have access to John’s perspective. Instead, the narrator can only observe John’s actions or state what Kelley hears and observes. The narrator also does not share feelings or thoughts with the readers but, instead, acts as an observer who mainly follows Kelley’s perspective on the events she experiences.

This is illustrated, for example, at the beginning of Kelley and John’s interaction: “ ‘John,’ he replied, taking one hand off the wheel to shake hands with her. T...

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