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This short story opens with an irritated and sometimes hostile narrator whose wife has invited a blind friend to spend the night The narrator tells us immediately that his visitors blindness bothers him and that he is not looking forward to having a blind man in his house The vehemence of his prejudice is surprising His initial anger and anxiety seem way out of proportion to the situation as if this blind man were threatening him somehow Gradually as the evening wears on the narrator begins to relax with the blind man though he still challenges him in all sorts of ways such as drinking smoking cigarettes and dope and turning on the TV which of course the blind man cannot see A documentary about cathedrals is showing The narrator tries to describe a cathedral in words When that doesnt succeed the blind man holds the narrators hand as he draws a cathedral on a paper bag The experience of this successful communication transforms the narrator As the blind man says Terrific Youre doing fine Never thought anything like this could happen in your lifetime The narrator closes his eyes and draws blind saying So we kept on with it His fingers rode my fingers as my hand went over the paper It was like nothing in my life up to now The ending leaves us pondering about how much more the narrator is learning about himself and about human communication than the blind man is learning about cathedrals
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