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Last Updated on May 5, 2015, by eNotes Editorial. Word Count: 156

Although the narrative is not related in the first person, it is told from Trexler’s point of view. By revealing Trexler’s thoughts directly to the reader, White effectively characterizes him as convincingly neurotic. Trexler’s paranoia is evident when, as the doctor questions him, he senses the doctor creeping toward him...

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Although the narrative is not related in the first person, it is told from Trexler’s point of view. By revealing Trexler’s thoughts directly to the reader, White effectively characterizes him as convincingly neurotic. Trexler’s paranoia is evident when, as the doctor questions him, he senses the doctor creeping toward him like a lizard toward a bug. Trexler freely projects his own fears onto a hapless man in the waiting room of the doctor’s office, certain the man is terrified of dying of heart disease.

Privy to this hypochondria and his tendency to overly identify with others, the reader is immersed in the thoughts of a man who is clearly not well. This intimacy with Trexler makes his revelation all the more compelling. Sailing along with Trexler in the troubled seas of his mind, the reader experiences an epiphany, too, as Trexler’s recognition of grace calms the waters, filling him with courage.

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