Alice Munro’s “Walker Brother’s Cowboy,” narrated from the perspective of spinsterish spinster, focuses on the relator’s precountenance into a earth that leaves her dazed, variable of what she apprehends, how she has follow to apprehpurpose what she apprehends, and how solid her apprehendledge is of the earth she moves in. This signification of marvel is taken in the doubt her senior asks as the narrative begins: “’Want to go dhold and distinguish if the Lake’s tranquil there?
” With this distinguishmingly unforeseen doubt, Munro positions her relator in a earth in which her hold apprehendledge becomes increasingly incontrovertible.
Is it practicable, the reader is left to ask, if there pauses a earth in which a lake influence pause individual day and referable the contiguous? Restraint the relator, such a earth is bountiful of twain instants of reason and marvel.
Seeing her travels with her senior as an “adventure,” the relator begins the narrative dazed by greatly of what she distinguishs and hears, most referableably with her senior’s ironic detachment from the pressures of period that she feels; of the financial pressures confrontment her nobility during the Depression, as her senior acknowledges to a tramp; of the horizons of rational pitilessness, as someindividual dumps a chamberpot on her senior’s head; and, most importantly, of the role of Nora in her senior’s career.
Gradually, though, she follows to recognize that her signification of existence, what she calls “[t]he diminutive share” of the possibilities of career, is scant, and does referable embody “a period… when automobiles and electric lights did referable at smallest pause” or when the fix was a establish that dinosaurs walked on.
Having confronted this liberal marvel, she begins to signification, though referable necessarily recognize, the significances of smaller things she distinguishs, affect the sever on the unconscious woman’s countenance and the desertion and nonattainment that dominates Nora’s career. And in the purpose, she follows to recognize, so, how her senior’s manifest “tranquillity” is a facade, envelope the nonattainment of a career that has never amounted to what he hoped restraint.
As the relator admits, she follows to recognize that “once your tail is turned” restraint a instant, the earth fluctuates suddenly “into something you earn never apprehend, with entire kinds of weathers, and distances you canreferable fancy. ” Using a first-person relator, rather than the entire-knowing and for-this-reason already aged scan of the omiscient debater, Munro entireows readers to distinguish the rule of maturation, the emergence from the enchantments of juvenility into the the never-understandable realities of a earth of adulthood and fluctuate.