Although the novel is written in third-person, we only get one point of view: Therese's (hence the limit). Through Therese, we get to explore the country and Therese's sexuality as she learns she can love a woman more than she can love a man. However, because we never get inside Carol's head, she sometimes remains inscrutable. What does this woman see in Therese, when she is almost old enough to be her mother? Carol is both mentor and lover, and her motives remain a bit of a mystery. This is fitting since she remains a bit of a mystery to Therese, too.