Why does the author leave some characters unnamed in "Sandpiper" by Ahdaf Soueif?
One of the interesting aspects of this great short story is the way in which the first person narrator does not reveal the name of her husband who she has now fallen out of love with. Although he is such a significant character, as he is the reason that she went to Egypt in the first place, he always is referred to in the third person alone, without a name ever being attached to him, as in the following quote:
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Possibly to keep up the suspense of wondering who is who.