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Follow the link to read the last 500 words of the short story “Cathedral” by Raymond Carver. CTRL + F the following phrases “What are you doing” and “What’s going on”.

When the narrator’s wife asks first “What are you doing?” and then “What’s going on?” neither times does the narrator answer her, instead Robert, the man who is blind, answers her.

What does this tell you about the relational dynamic between the three?


The man who is blind is a good friend of both of theirs.


The narrator is closer to the man who is blind than to his wife.


The wife trusts the man who is blind more than she trusts her husband.


The narrator takes the wife for granted but the man who is blind does not.


The wife is cheating on her husband with the man who is blind.

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