The narrator freely admits in the first paragraph of Raymond Carver's short story that his impression of what blind people are like came from he movies. He perceived blind people to be slow movers, often led by seeing-eye dogs. He also believed that blind people never laughed.
Another perception the narrator had was that since Robert was blind, he could not have fulfilled the emotional needs of his late wife by complimenting her appearance. He cannot perceive how there can have been any joy in their marriage.
When the narrator meets Robert, he is surprised that he is not wearing glasses, as he believed that blind people always did so.
It seems to me that the narrator's initial reaction to his guest is not based on the fact that he is blind, but is rather a result of the closeness that the man shared with the narrator's wife.
The narrator of the short story admits right away that he is uncomfortable with the idea of having a blind man, Robert, in his house and...
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