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Raymond Carvers Cathedral The Husbands Enlightenment Raymond Carvers Cathedral is narrated from the point of view of a hostile and ignorant husband whose wife has invited a blind friend to spend the night The narrator is through his forthcoming descriptions of his wife and the blind man viewed as extremely bitter However as the story progresses the narrators tone and demeanor change from caustic to warm and enlightened The story opens as the narrator explains that the blind man is on his way from Connecticut where he was visiting the dead wifes relatives and that the narrators wife has invited the blind man to spend the night The narrator goes on to explain how his wifes relationship started beginning that summer in Seattle she when she had needed a job The husband seems suspicious of their relationship and his tone is jealous and demeaning He describes the blind mans situation with short terse sentences He didnt have any money either But she was in love with the guy and he was in love with her etc He almost seems to balk at their relationship as his use of etc depicts However the narrators ignorance and his perception of the blind mans life is obvious Because the narrator cannot understand life without vision he assumes that the blind man cannot either and that anyone that is affected by blindness is unsatisfied Shortly after the narrator sets the initial tone he cites an example that plays an important role in the rest of the story He talks about how on her last day in the office the blind man asked if he could touch her face As he continues his description of how the blind man touched her he speaks about her face her nose and how he even touched her neck The way the blind man touched her neck suggests that it was sexual and intimate It is not the physical contact rather the husbands
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