Narrator and point of view

The short story “Clerk Wanted” by Dennis Thorp is told from the point of view of a third-person narrator. The narrator is mostly limited to the information that can be gathered from witnessing the characters’ interactions with each other. For instance: “Desmond sat back in the chair and smiled broadly. Then he got up and went into the larger office. He sat down at a desk there.” (p. 23, ll. 14-15). At this point, we can only assume Desmond is pleased from the fact that he smiles broadly. The narrator also appears to be objective and offers no opinion about the characters’ interactions. 

However, we do get some small insight into Desmond’s thought process at the beginning: 

When Desmond heard the door of the larger office open, he glanced at his watch: 9:30 ...

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