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Cathedral

Cathedral

  

by Raymond Carver

Analysis: Steaminess Rating

Exactly how steamy is this story?

PG-13

Nobody has sex in "Cathedral." But there is an erotic subtext. It's pretty obvious that the narrator thinks that his wife let Robert do something sexual to her when she "let him run his hands over her face" (1.4). When the narrator experiences Robert's touch on his hand when they draw the cathedral, he understands that touch can be intimate without necessarily being sexual.

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