A person can share significant moments with those he least expects from. The narrator, the husband of the woman, is a man who feels disconnected from his wife and his social life. Raymond Carver portrays this man as someone who is jealous of his wife’s relationship with the blind man, he is ignorant as he is stereotyping the blind man and shows that he was uncomfortable that a blind man was staying in his home.
The narrator was uncomfortable with his wife’s friend because he was blind. He says “I wasn’t enthusiastic about his visit. And his being blind bothered me.” (Carver, 86) This was because the narrator has only seen blind people in movies. He assumes that blind people “moved slowly and never laughed.” (Carver, 86) He shows his jealously when he stated, “She told me he touched his fingers to every part of her face, her nose – even her neck!” (Carver, 86) The exclamation point shows that he was not happy that it happened.
The narrator shows his ignorance again when he thought blind people did not smoke. He says, “I remembered having read somewhere that the blind didn’t smoke because, as speculation had it, they couldn’t see the smoke they exhaled.” (Carver, 90) He was surprised that the old man finished his cigarette. He shows his jealousy throughout the story. He listens to his wife and the blind man, Robert, talk throughout the evening. The narrator says “I waited in vain to hear my name on my wife’s sweet lips: And then my dear husband came into my life – something like that. But I heard nothing of the sort.” (Carver, 91) He shows his insecurity and was annoyed, you can tell, as he got up to turn on the TV when he thought Robert was done.
As his wife went to bed, he and Robert smoked cannabis. He starts to warm up to Robert.