Narrator and point of view

The short story “Heart is Where the Home is” by Thea Astley is a third-person narration in which the storyteller uses a combined point of view.

The narrator is outside the action, yet his/her presence can be felt through the notes at the end of dialogue lines, describing the way the characters talk and act: " ‘Not that I'm aware of,’ Mag Laffey lied vigorously. Her eyes met theirs with amused candour." 

We cannot know if the narrator is omniscient because in the story he/she uses the limited perspective of the characters. For instance, in the beginning, we get to know the policemen’s perspective on the Aboriginals’ reaction to their children being taken away:

Even the coppers felt lousy seeing all those yowling gins. They'd have liked the boongs to show a bit of fight, really, then they could have laid about feeling justified. But no. The buggers just took it. Took it and took it. 

For most of the story, however, the narrator relies on Nelly’s poi...

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