Narrator and point of view


The events described in the short story “The Demon Lover” by Elizabeth Bowen are told by a third-person narrator. The narrator closely follows Mrs. Drover, the main character, and presents the events from her limited point of view.

Mrs. Drover’s perspective of the events helps readers understand the context of the story and have a better interpretation of the setting – a desolate neighborhood in London, evacuated after the bombings. 

Against the next batch of clouds, already piling up ink­dark, broken chimneys and parapets stood out. In her once familiar street, as in any unused channel, an unfamiliar queerness had silted up; a cat wove itself in and out of railings, but no human eye watched Mrs. Dover’s return.


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