Ernest Hemingway's "A Day's Wait" is narrated from the third-person limited point of view.
In this type of point of view, the knowledge of internal states is restricted to the narrator. In this story, in which the narrator is the father of Schatz, it is his restricted point of view that is the crux of the problem. The father fails to comprehend the emotional state of his son because his perception of the boy's state is limited to the external observation that Schatz is physically ill with a fever that the doctor advises is not dangerously high. It is indeed unfortunate that the father does not realize that his son, who misinterprets his temperature as measured in Celsius, feels great anxiety because he is convinced that he will die with such a high fever. In this observation, for example,
He lay still in the bed and seemed very detached from what was going on.
If the narration were not limited as it is, the reason why Schatz is "detached" would be given, and the outcome of the story could be entirely different. Thus, the third-person limited point of view plays an integral part in this "slice of life" story. It contributes to the theme of the misunderstandings that can exist even with those a person loves the most.