Narrator and point of view

“Country Lovers” by Nadine Gordimer is told by a third-person narrator. The narrator follows Paulus and Thebedi and adopts their point of view in turns. 

When Paulus thinks about Thebedi, the narrator shares Paulus’ perspective of the events: “… he could see in her dark face that was part of the shade, with her big dark eyes, shiny as soft water, watching him attentively”. 

When the narrator focuses on Thebedi, the narrator shares Thebedi’s perspective of the events: “She thought she heard small grunts from the hut, the kind of infant grunt that indicates a full stomach, a deep sleep.”

There are also times when the narrator simply functions as an observer and provides a detached account of the events:

More than a year went by before, in that same town, the case was brought to trial...

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