In "A Sorrowful Woman," how does author Gail Godwin use point of view to give meaning to the story?

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This story is told in third person. It is as if, on the whole, the scenes we see are being filmed by a camera. We see the actions going on and hear the dialogue but have to interpret what it all means.

For example, we see that the husband

squeezed his wife's pale arm and put the two glasses on her table. After he had gone, she sat looking at the arm.

We can visualize this, especially the wife's eyes lingering on the arm, but it is up to us to figure out what it means. Likewise, we are not told that the husband is upset but are shown that he

sat for a long time with his head in his hands.

However, we are given added information. The journalistic point of view of the story--flat, factual, and detached--reflects the detachment...

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