What is the point of view of the story "Miss Brill?

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Miss Brill is told from a limited third person point of view. The point of view is third person because it uses the pronoun "she" to refer to the main character. It is limited because everything that happens we experience through Miss Brill. If she doesn't see or hear something, we as readers don't. Everything is funneled through her perceptions. We are never privy to anyone else's thoughts.

It is through Miss Brill's thoughts and perceptions alone that we realize how sad her life is. At first, she tries to deny this to herself. She dresses carefully for her outing in the park and lovingly puts on her fox collar. She notes how beautiful it is at the park and decides she is like a character in a play. She distances herself from the other old people like her who come and sit silently each week in the park. She thinks:

They were odd, silent, nearly all old, and from the way they stared they looked as though they'd just come from dark little rooms or even—even cupboards!

But after she...

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