How is "The Jilting of Granny Weatherall" narrated? I know it is in third person, but is it narrated from Granny's mind, from the letters, or Cornelia's spoken account? 

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The story is told from the mind and thoughts of Granny in "The Jilting of Granny Weatherall.'' Granny lays in her bed and contemplates death and the other things around her as well as circumstances from the past.  The reader hears Granny's thoughts as she lays dormant on the bed awaiting her death.   

Granny is conscious of conversations around her exchanged by Doctor Harry and Cornelia. However, the words one hears are spoken in Granny's head as she hears them spoken by the two.  Granny believes she hears the doctor and Cornelia whispering the information in her ear.  She is in and out of a full state of consciousness, so when they are talking about her, she transfers it into her thoughts. 

Granny's sense of reality is slipping away in the same way that her life is slipping away.  She loses focus on the present and mentally travels to past experiences.  The reader goes with her as she thinks back on her moments with her children.

  "Lighting the lamps had been beautiful. The children huddled up to her and breathed like little calves waiting at the bars in the twilight."

Granny thinks back on some sad thoughts, such as when she was jilted and Ellen responded to her.

"Don’t let your wounded vanity get the upper hand of you. Plenty of girls get jilted."

The reader cannot be led by the voice of Cornelia narrating, because the thoughts are wrapped around Granny's past and present as she awaits her death.

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