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 Post subject: Narrator in the last ETA scene
PostPosted: Thu Aug 20, 2009 11:55 am 
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I don't have my book with me, but I noticed last night that in what I believe is the very last ETA scene (describing the boys in the locker room before the big fundraiser) there is a first-person narrator who is NOT Hal. The narrator mentions Hal in a third-person sense, talking about him put his hands on the trainer's shoulders as his tape is applied. I tried to deduce by the character's mentioned who the narrator could be (possibly Troeltsch, who loves to do play-by-play), but I didn't tried that hard. I also wondered if it might be some sort of disembodied narration from Hal, as his body seems to respond less and less to his intentions. I'm sure other people have thought about this more. What's going on here?


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 Post subject: Re: Narrator in the last ETA scene
PostPosted: Fri Aug 21, 2009 6:07 am 
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I wondered who the narrator was as well. I skimmed it a couple of times trying to figure out which ETA player isn't mentioned, thinking that would be the narrator, but everyone seems to be metioned. I keep meaning to go back and read it more closely but haven't gotten around to that yet.


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 Post subject: Re: Narrator in the last ETA scene
PostPosted: Fri Aug 21, 2009 3:25 pm 
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I'm pretty sure it just switches back to the third person narration that was always used before Hal's first person narration started.


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 Post subject: Re: Narrator in the last ETA scene
PostPosted: Sat Aug 22, 2009 6:41 am 
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It can't be that, because the narrator often uses pronouns like "we" and "us".

For example: "Usually while they're arrive and greeted by Tavis we're all down in the lockers..."

or

"A couple of us remarked how Hal wasn't eating the usual customary Snickers bar or AminoPal."

So it has to be one of the other students in the locker room.


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 Post subject: Re: Narrator in the last ETA scene
PostPosted: Sat Aug 22, 2009 3:03 pm 
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I thought maybe Axford? Or is he mentioned and I just didn't notice?


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 Post subject: Re: Narrator in the last ETA scene
PostPosted: Sun Aug 23, 2009 5:55 am 
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mo pie wrote:
I thought maybe Axford? Or is he mentioned and I just didn't notice?


You're right, Axford isn't mentioned.


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 Post subject: Re: Narrator in the last ETA scene
PostPosted: Sun Aug 23, 2009 5:55 pm 
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I assumed it was a collective ETA students' voice.


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 Post subject: Re: Narrator in the last ETA scene
PostPosted: Fri Sep 18, 2009 9:22 am 
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dioramaorama wrote:
I assumed it was a collective ETA students' voice.


Yeah, what she said. To take it a step further, this is a moment where the figurants finally get to speak.


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 Post subject: Re: Narrator in the last ETA scene
PostPosted: Sat Sep 19, 2009 11:11 am 
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illogicaljoker wrote:
To take it a step further, this is a moment where the figurants finally get to speak.


I like that interpretation. Very nice.


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