How is the narrator made aware of what Rolf is doing in "And of Clay Are We Created"?

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The narrator is able to keep track of what Rolf Carle is up to through the television footage of the disaster, which as time goes by focuses more and more on the pitiful figure of Azucena, and Rolf Carle by her side, as he tries to comfort her and does everything he can to try and save her. Note how this is reflected in the following quote, that conveys the somewhat uncanny sensation that the narrator has of being with her lover and Azucena even though they are so far away:

The improved technical facilities bore results, and National Television began receiving sharper pictures and clearer sound; the distance seemed suddenly compressed, and I had the horrible sensation that Azucena and Rolf were by my side, separated from me by impenetrable glass.

The narrator refers to the proximity she feels to Rolf as a "horrible sensation," no doubt because the clarity of the images and the constant footage makes her think that she is uncomfortably close to this disaster zone, and involved in it, even though she has not left her home at all. This does, however, allow her to in effect share Rolf's experiences, and understand something of what he goes through.

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