The man is the narrator of the short story “That Same Sea” by Adrian Markle. There is little information about his outer characterization. He is not physically described. We only know that he lives in the city with his partner. He was probably born in the city, too, and has little experience of country life.
He is curious about village life. For instance, he is excited about seeing sheep because he has “never actually seen one before, up close” (l. 42). When they see a field with sheep in the distance, he regrets not going that way (ll. 54-55). However, the first thing he does when arriving at the village is to drink “too much” (l. 35). This might suggest that he is out of his element, or perhaps bored, and does not know how to spend his time in the village.
He also appears anxious about unfa...