Narrator and point of view

“A Very Short Story” by Ernest Hemingway is narrated in the third-person by an anonymous narrator who seems to have a bird’s eye view of the characters and the events.

The narrator initially adopts the point of view of the American soldier and renders the events from his perspective:

After he got on crutches he used to take the temperatures so Luz would not have to get up from the bed. There were only a few patients, and they all knew about it. They all liked Luz. As he walked back along the halls he thought of Luz in his bed.

Towards the end of the story, the narrator shifts his perspective and focuses on Luz’ point of view:

… and she had never known Italians before, and finally wrote to the States that theirs had only been a boy and girl affa...

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