This story is narrated form a third-person objective point of view. This means that the narrator is not a participant in the events that take place and does not use first-person pronouns like I or we; this is the third-person part of the label. The word objective, here, means that the narrator can only report on what is visible or audible to any person who might be present. The objective narrator cannot report on what the characters are thinking or feeling but, rather, can only report what is said or what actions are taken. For example, early on, the narrator reports,
"What should we drink?" the girl asked. She had taken off her hat and put in on the table.
Again, the narrator does not tell us if the girl, who we learn is called Jig, is nervous, upset, angry, or hopeful; the narrator can only tell us what she says and what she does. Later, this point of view seems to place the reader in a position similar to that of the characters, who do not understand one another and want to know what the other is thinking without, it seems, revealing their own wishes. Jig doesn't say exactly how she feels, and she clearly gets frustrated with the American as she asks him to "please please please please please please please stop talking." Jig wants to know how he really feels, and he seems to want her to get the abortion but doesn't want to seem to pressure her into it. With the objective narrator, the reader feels the awkward silences and is made uncomfortable by the stilted dialogue because they are not softened with descriptions of thoughts or feelings. We see and hear what the characters do and must come to conclusions based on that, just as they must.