The narrator

The narrator is a main character in the short story “The Other Couple” by Sandra Marslund. She is not physically described in the story. However, if we consider the old woman to be a representation of the narrator’s potential future, we can assume they are physically similar, apart from the grey hair, which is a sign of old age: “The woman is short and waiflike, her skin sallow in a faded yellow T-shirt, ash grey hair rolled tight in a bun at the base of her neck” (ll. 4-5). It could also be that the loss of the baby is in danger of making the narrator “wither”.

The narrator has experienced the loss of a child, most likely through miscarriage, not long before the events in the story. She is still traumatized by the event (ll. 63-66).

She appears to feel the pain r...

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