Narrator and point of view

The short story “Manhood” by John Wain is a third-person narrative rendered by an anonymous narrator who is outside the action. You will notice that the narrator has limited knowledge in what the characters are concerned. For instance, the father does not know that his son is not going to follow him home on his bike or that the boxing team story is fake.

Most of the times, the narrator follows the point of view of the father, like in the following instance:

After Rob had gone, Mr Willison folded the skipping-rope into a neat ball and packed it away in the case that contained the boy's gloves (…). There would be no harm in a little skipping, to limber up and conquer his nervousness while waiting to go on. 

At times, Mrs Willison’s point of view...

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