Narrator and point of view

The short story “Ten Indians” by Ernest Hemingway is rendered by an anonymous third-person narrator, who confines himself to the perspective of Nick. This is suggested from the very beginning, when the following quotation reveals that the narrative follows Nick’s point of view:

After one Fourth of July, Nick, driving home late from town in the big wagon with Joe Garner and his family, passed nine drunken Indians along the road. He remembered there were nine because Joe Garner, driving along in the dusk, pulled up the horses, jumped down into the road and dragged an Indian out of the wheel rut. (ll. 1-5)

The narrator has a limited point of view, as is confined to what Nick experiences. For instance, the narrator does not tell readers from the ...

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