An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge by Ambrose Bierce

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In what sections "An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge" is there an outside person narrating the action? In what section of the story do we get to hear Farquhar’s thoughts?

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Parts of "An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge" are narrated from a strictly objective point of view by what is customarily called a third-person omniscient narrator, presumably the author Ambrose Bierce himself. Other parts are narrated from the point of view of Peyton Farquhar and could be called an interior monologue, although the omniscient narrator might be said to have the power to go inside Farquhar's mind or anywhere else, as well as to go backwards and forwards in time.

The first section of the story begins with a completely objective description. For example:

A man stood upon a railroad bridge in northern Alabama, looking down into the swift water twenty feet below. The man's hands were behind his back, the wrists bound with a cord.

After describing the entire setting, including Farquhar himself, the narrator moves subtly into the protagonist's mind. The exact sentence where this transition occurs is:

He looked a moment at his "unsteadfast footing," then let his gaze wander to the...

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