third person narrator


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a narrator that acts as an observer to the story. Such a narrator may be either limited or omniscient. A limited third person narrator presents the unfolding of events as from the point of view (through the eyes) of a particular character, even though this character does not speak as the I or first person, e.g. James in The Ambassadors. An omniscient narrator is all-knowing, with a view into all the thoughts and motivations of the characters and can guide the reader, e.g. Dickens in the Tale of Two Cities.

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