Narrator and point of view

“She Shall Not Be Moved” by Shereen Pandit is a story told by a first-person narrator, who also happens to be the protagonist.

Everything that happens inside or outside the bus is rendered through the perspective of the narrator, a woman who is happy to have caught the bus which is to take her daughter to her dance lessons. Note that the first lines of the story indicate that the narrative is told in retrospect, sometime after the main events have taken place:

I swear, if it hadn’t been so late, I’d have done something about it. Or if the previous two number 201 buses hadn’t vanished into thin air. Or if it hadn’t been so cold. Or if I didn’t have Mariam with me, her almost turning blue with the cold. Yes, I would definitely have done somethi...

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