Narrator and point of view

“Country Lovers” by Nadine Gordimer is told by a third-person narrator. The narrator follows Paulus and Thebedi and adopts their point of view in turns. 

When Paulus thinks about Thebedi, the narrator shares Paulus’ perspective of the events: “… he could see in her dark face that was part of the shade, with her big dark eyes, shiny as soft water, watching him attentively” (ll. 72-73). 

When the narrator focuses on Thebedi, the narrator shares Thebedi’s perspective of the events: “She thought she heard small grunts from the hut, the kind of infant grunt that indicates a full stomach, a deep sleep.” (ll. 193-194) 

There are also times when the narrator simply functions as an observer and provides a detached account of the events:

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