What are Ravi's feelings at the beginning?

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Ravi feels cooped up with all of the other children, and then he wants to win the game.  He searches for a place where he will not be found.

The point of view of the story is third person omniscient at the beginning of the story.  We do not know Ravi’s exact feelings. He is just one of the mass of children who feel stifled by being stuck inside on a hot day.  The children just want to go outside, Ravi among them.

When the children do finally go outside in the hot sun, they search for hiding spaces and for the first time the point of view is third person limited on Ravi.  Ravi wants to win the game, as all children do.

Ravi heard the whistling and picked his nose in a panic, trying to find comfort by burrowing the finger deep—deep into that soft tunnel. He felt himself too exposed, sitting on an upturned flowerpot behind the garage. (p. 2)

This is when Ravi searches for his hiding place in the shed.  When he does find it, he is both grateful and triumphant, and his thoughts turn inward.


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