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The story is narrated by the central character, Larry Delaney, who is actually thinking back on a particular incident from his childhood. The fact that he is an adult is important because of the distance it gives him from the event as well as the perspective he is likely to have gained as an adult. The incident would have been confusing at best had he tried to narrate it at the time as a young child. It also allows Larry to reflect back on the incident as well as the rest of his Father's life to make sure that the story doesn't end in a sickly sweet happily ever after but, as most stories do, with further downfalls and incidents not described.
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