Analyze the point of view of the story.

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The story is told in the third-person limited omniscient point of view, for the narrator constantly transmits things to us exactly as Granny perceives and remembers them, almost literally in Granny’s words. Thus, for example, we learn of Granny’s great concern for Hapsy (paragraphs 41, 50, 57, 60), a favorite daughter whom Granny apparently expects to appear. But the narration does not tell us that Hapsy is present, and from this, together with Granny’s vague memories, we are led to conclude that Hapsy died many years before, as a young woman, in childbirth. Briefly, therefore, because the narrator allows us to share everything going on in Granny’s mind, we see both the surfaces and depths of Granny’s character.

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