Although our narrator spends most
of his (or her—we really don't know) time occupying Doug's skull, he has a lot
of ground to cover in Green Town. Because almost each chapter focuses on a
different neighbor, we see our narrator take up residence behind the eyes of
Tom, Grandpa Spaulding, Mr. Sanderson, Helen Loomis—heck, he even hides in the
attic with Miss Fern and Miss Roberta for a while.
Here we see the narrator following
Tom around: "…all the ladies cried so hard they had to lean on each other.
Tom, upstairs, thought this meant death down there" (23.167). And here our
narrator lets us in on Mrs. Bentley's thoughts: "You lived with people
every day and they never altered a degree. It was only when people had been off
on a long trip, for years, that they shocked you" (15.99). See? Our
narrator hops into whichever head he pleases.
But he always goes back to Doug
eventually. After all, when you live in Doug's head, you get gorgeous stuff
like this: "Douglas turned his head slowly, listening. Somewhere in the
burning bone-colored sky a great copper wire was strummed and shaken" (35.9).
How could you not want to see the world like that? Our narrator just can't quit
our main dude, and hey, we don't blame him—we're pretty sure Doug's skull has a
killer shoegaze soundtrack.