Narrator and point of view

The short story “Cat in the Rain” by Ernest Hemingway is narrated by a third-person narrator. The narration is mixed with dialogue, which helps readers understand the story better by giving insight into the characters and their relationships with each other.

The narrator has a limited point of view, focusing especially on the American woman's perspective: “She liked the hotel-keeper. (…) She liked the deadly serious way he received any complaints”; “She was suddenly disappointed.” The narrator also describes the setting through her eyes: “The cat would be around to the right. Perhaps she could go along under the eaves.”  However, the narrator has limited access into the others characters’ minds. We mostly learn about them through their actions, thou...

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