From whose point of view is "Eveline" written?

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ladyvols1 | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Senior Educator

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"Eveline" is writien from a third person point of view.

"SHE sat at the window watching the evening invade the avenue. Her head was leaned against the window curtains and in her nostrils was the odour of dusty cretonne. She was tired." The story is told from the point of view of an unknown narrator.

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andrewnightingale | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

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The story features a limited third person narrative, which means that it is told from the perspective of a storyteller whose perceptions are limited to only what he or she knows about a character or characters. In this instance, the narrator tells us about what Eveline does, thinks and feels. This account, though, relates only to her. The narrator does not say much about the other characters, and does not divulge their thoughts or feelings. As far as these characters are concerned, the teller reports only what is observed.

For example, the narrator informs us that:

She sat at the window watching the evening invade the avenue. Her head was leaned against the window curtains and in her nostrils was the odour of dusty cretonne. She was tired.

We are also told that:

She looked round the room, reviewing all its familiar objects which she had dusted once a week for so many years, wondering where on earth all the dust came from. Perhaps she would never see again those familiar objects from which she had never dreamed of being divided. 

The two extracts illustrate the fact that the narrator not only reports on Eveline's actions but also knows her thoughts and feelings. The narrator also presents Eveline's observations and thus relates her perspective to the reader, as in the following extracts:

What would they say of her in the Stores when they found out that she had run away with a fellow? Say she was a fool, perhaps; and her place would be filled up by advertisement. Miss Gavan would be glad. She had always had an edge on her, especially whenever there were people listening.

How well she remembered the first time she had seen him; he was lodging in a house on the main road where she used to visit. It seemed a few weeks ago. He was standing at the gate, his peaked cap pushed back on his head and his hair tumbled forward over a face of bronze. 

Unlike an omniscient third person narrator, the storyteller does not share other characters' thoughts and feelings with the reader and merely reports on what is observed, as in the following example:

He rushed beyond the barrier and called to her to follow. He was shouted at to go on but he still called to her. 

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renelane | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Educator

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The story is told from Eveline's point of view. However, it isn't a straightforward relating of events; we are inside her head, reading her thoughts. Eveline's story is told by the battle of her conscience, the struggle over whether she can abandon her abusive father for a new life. The story takes shape through her conflicting emotions, fears and desires as well as her impressions of the people around her.

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maimia-ali | Student, College Freshman | eNotes Newbie

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Eveline is written in third person-method of narration. The pronouns she and he are used. This helps us to see every side of the events although the story takes place in her own head.