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Who is the narrator of the story "A Very Old Man with Enormous Wings"?

The narrator of "A Very Old Man with Enormous Wings" is a third-person omniscient speaker who stands outside of the events in the story. He is omniscient because he enters into the minds of various different characters. Strikingly, however, he never communicates the thoughts of the winged old man, leaving him as mysterious to us as he is to the villagers.

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"A Very Old Man with Enormous Wings" is told by a third-person omniscient narrator who stands above the story, informing us of what is going on from a place outside of the story's events. Strikingly, however, this narrator seems only to be able to relay the thoughts of the villagers in the story, particularly Pelayo and Elisenda, the couple who find and care for/exploit the old man. We also learn the thoughts of the priest, who evaluates whether or not the old man is an angel, and we are privy to the collective voice of local people, who react to the visitation of this old man as a strange event and insist, despite the warnings of the priest, on considering him an angel.

What we might most like to know, however, are the thoughts of the old man himself. Yet we only see him from the outside, as the villagers do. For example, when Pelayo and Elisenda try to speak to him,

he answered in an incomprehensible dialect with a strong sailor's voice.

Because they can't understand what he says, we...

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