Describe the point of view of the story.

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This story is told in the first person but with a twist. The narrator recounts a tale of responding to a knock at the door, only to find nobody there. They then go on a walk. The language is simple, the tone deadpan, and the technique is stream-of-consciousness as we follow the thoughts that flow through the narrator's mind as her walk becomes ever more dreamlike. 

Then comes the twist: the narrator runs into a woman who asks her what she has been doing and the narrator starts over and repeats her story, sometimes word for word, sometimes reversing the meaning. For example, in the first version, she says that the sky seems so close that if she stood on a chair she could touch it with her fingertips, and the second time she says it doesn't seem close and she doesn't think there is anything she could stand on that would allow her to touch it. As the story ends, it also seems as if will continue, off the page, in yet another loop of retelling.

Despite the reporter-like and seemingly objective tone of the narrator, the story shows the unreliability of the first-person point of view, but it also highlights the way we can tell ourselves and others the same stories over and over yet reconstruct and revise them each time. 

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The point of view used in this story is first-person. All of the story's events are told from the perspective of the narrator and this is shown clearly through the repeated use of the pronoun, "I". This point of view is established from the story's opening lines:

What I have been doing lately. I was lying in bed and the doorbell rang. I ran downstairs. Quick. I opened the door.

As the story progresses, this point of view continues. Not only are the events told from the narrator's perspective but also the dialogue of the other character in the story, known only as the woman.

By using this point of view, the reader has a very narrow view of the story's world because all of the details are based on the narrator's own experience. There is no opportunity, for instance, to learn about the events from the perspective of another character. As such, the story reads like a stream of consciousness, offering a unique glimpse into the narrator's state of mind.

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