Narrator and point of view

The short story “The Terrapin” by Patricia Highsmith is a third-person narration.

The narrator of “The Terrapin” is outside the plot but uses the main character’s point of view to convey the events. This is suggested through the fact that Victor is the only character whose thoughts and memories are revealed by the narrator: “He had hoped his mother might take a hint from his saying that he was cold in his silly short shorts.”; “…he thought he would ask his mother if he could take the terrapin down on the sidewalk for a while, either on a leash or in the paper box, if his mother insisted.”.

Because the narration is limited to the character’s point of view, readers can only know what Victor knows, finds out, or observes. For example, readers find ou...

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