Narrative technique

The short story “Trio for Four Voices” by Jane McLaughlin is narrated from the point of view of a first-person narrator. The narrator is also the main character, and all events are seen through her eyes: "I can hear them speaking French, but I know they are not French. Americans, Bostonians probably." (ll. 3-4).

While we do not know the narrator’s gender, as the text never specifies it, the fact that Amelia offers her pink roses could hint that the narrator is a woman (as these would be a stereotypical gift to give a woman). Generally, the narrator offers little information about herself. We only know that she is meeting a friend in Arcos and that she came to the hotel traveling on “the most beautiful road in Europe” (l. 55).

Since the narrator is th...

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