What is the narrator in the "Cathedral" like?

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The narrator is a typical guy, in that he's uneasy about a friend of his wife's that she has coming over for an evening of fun. In fact, he goes so far as to smoke marijuana in front of him, assuming that because his wife's friend is blind, that he wouldn't know or recognize it for what it was. However, when he asks for a puff or two, the narrator decides to start talking with him. The blind man is very easy to talk to, in that he's not judgmental at all, much like the narrator is. During a television program, one of the things referred to was "flying buttresses" on cathedrals, referring to the architectural design of the buildings. The blind man doesn't understand what they look like, understandably, and unable to really explain it verbally, the narrator takes the blind man's hand and helps him draw it to really get a feel for what they are. The final message of the story? I think readers can take different things away from it, but what I take away is the fact that things aren't always what they seem. The narrator never imagined he'd have a conversation, let alone an enlightening or enjoyable one, with a blind man, yet he did.