Narrator and point of view

The short story “The Other Couple” by Sandra Marslund is told in the present tense by a first-person narrator who is also one of the main characters. The text follows the narrator’s stream of consciousness related to the ongoing events. 

The narrator’s perspective is subjective, influenced by the trauma she has recently been through. She is depressed and takes no joy from her surroundings. For instance, the sea is first seen as “a slab of wet steel in the early morning light” (ll. 11-12). The next day, when it is warm and sunny, the narrator perceives the sea as “a vista of smashed glass in the bright sun. It’s unreasonably warm. Too warm for walking.” (ll. 69-70). The sight of the noisy women and children on the beach makes her feel hurt and ups...

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