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by Raymond Carver
The Narrator Timeline and Summary
The narrator isn't happy about Robert coming to visit. He makes blind jokes to his wife while she's cooking. She gets mad and tells him that if he loves her, he'll be nice to Robert. The narrator has a drink and listens to his wife talk about Robert. Then he waits for his wife to come back from the train station with Robert. He gets drinks for everyone, and listens while his wife and Robert talk. They all have dinner, and more drinks, then back to the living room. When his wife goes upstairs to change, he rolls marijuana cigarettes and begins smoking them with Robert. After his wife falls asleep on the couch, he and Robert listen to/watch TV. The narrator tries to describe a cathedral to Robert using words, but fails. Robert suggests they draw one together and they do. Halfway through the drawing Robert tells the narrator to close his eyes. He completes the drawing with his eyes closed. When Robert tells him to open his eyes, he doesn't.