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What is the point of view in "The Horse Dealer's Daughter"?

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D.H. Lawrence's short story "The Horse Dealer's Daughter" is told from third-person omniscient point of view. As noted in the linked eNotes guide to literary terms:

The most commonly used form of third-person is third-person omniscient. In this style of narration, the story is told by a third-person narrator who is all-knowing. They are aware of any and all events in the story as well as the inner thoughts and feelings of multiple characters.

The narrator of "The Horse Dealer's Daughter" is not one of the characters but switches easily between the thoughts and feelings of the three Pervin brothers and their sister Mabel.

These siblings each seem to inhabit their own separate worlds, only loosely bound together by their familial relationship. Joe, the eldest, is handsome and stupid. The narrator likens him directly to a horse: not particularly bright, but made for hard work, needing only a "harness"—some kind of structure around his life through which others can guide and direct him....

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tilly1 | Student

both of you are correct because the point of view changes in the story.  The story starts out as third person omniscient because of the description of the brothers and their thoughts. The point of view changes in places to third person limited and then again to third person omnisicient.

trogdorr | Student

WRONG

not third person omnicient  

its third person limited because you do not know the inner workings and thoughts and feelings of all of the characters