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How does McEwan tell the story in Chapter 9?


Chapter Nine opens with a reconstruction of Clarissa's story in third person. Clarissa comes
back to the apartment after having a bad day: one of her students has called her crying about
impossible work, her class went poorly, her appointment…

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reliable they are omnipresent and able to give such intricate detail unlike Joe who often
reconstructs the narrative and fills in gaps.


The key aspect of the structure of this chapter, is the use of Clarissa's point of view. However,
the fact that it is reported from Joe makes…


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