This is a quick summary of Cathedral by Raymond Carver. This channel discusses and reviews books, novels, and short stories through drawing…poorly.
Transcript: This is a story about a husband and wife who live in the East Coast and are visited by the wife’s friend, a blind man named Robert whose wife recently died. The husband is apprehensive about the visit since he has never interacted with a blind man before.
The wife picks up Robert at the train station and when they arrive back home, the wife seems happy to welcome Robert into the house, while the husband is still nervous. Things are awkward between the husband and Robert so they decide to drink. After some light conversation, they eat dinner and the husband is impressed with how Robert can identify the food on his plate.
After dinner, the wife and Robert talk, but then the husband turns on the TV. The wife falls asleep on the couch as the husband and Robert watch and listen to the TV. The husband switches to a channel that is talking about cathedrals and Robert asks the husband to describe it. The husband realizes that he can’t describe it and so Robert asks him to draw it out. As the husband draws it out, Robert follows along with his hand.
In the end, Robert grasps what a cathedral looks like, while the husband begins to understand how life must be like as a blind person.
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Music: “Retreat” from the Youtube Audio Library.