‘‘Cathedral’’ opens with the narrator explaining his consternation at learning that, following the death of his wife, a blind man is coming to stay at his home. His resistance to the idea is partly due to the awkwardness he anticipates—he has never known a blind person, and ''in the movies, the blind moved slowly and never laughed’’—and partly due to the fact that the man, an old friend of the narrator's wife and with whom she has conducted a long-standing relationship of mailed tape recordings, represents a part of his wife's life that excludes him. She had been a reader...
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