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Author:  TIBBIT [ Thu Aug 20, 2009 11:55 am ]
Post subject:  Narrator in the last ETA scene

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?

Author:  cek1 [ Fri Aug 21, 2009 6:07 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Narrator in the last ETA scene

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.

Author:  Sutpen [ Fri Aug 21, 2009 3:25 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Narrator in the last ETA scene

I'm pretty sure it just switches back to the third person narration that was always used before Hal's first person narration started.

Author:  TIBBIT [ Sat Aug 22, 2009 6:41 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Narrator in the last ETA scene

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.

Author:  mo pie [ Sat Aug 22, 2009 3:03 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Narrator in the last ETA scene

I thought maybe Axford? Or is he mentioned and I just didn't notice?

Author:  cek1 [ Sun Aug 23, 2009 5:55 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Narrator in the last ETA scene

mo pie wrote:
I thought maybe Axford? Or is he mentioned and I just didn't notice?


You're right, Axford isn't mentioned.

Author:  dioramaorama [ Sun Aug 23, 2009 5:55 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Narrator in the last ETA scene

I assumed it was a collective ETA students' voice.

Author:  illogicaljoker [ Fri Sep 18, 2009 9:22 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Narrator in the last ETA scene

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.

Author:  Refidnas [ Sat Sep 19, 2009 11:11 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Narrator in the last ETA scene

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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