In this excerpt of the novel The Notebook, by Nicholas Sparks, Allie is the main speaker. In the beginning of the book she starts out as Noahâ€™s girl friend, and she then becomes his wife. At the time she is writing this letter she is old, probably about seventy or so. There is no reference to her physical appearance in the letter, but she does describe Noah as having speckles of gray in his hair at one point. I would imagine Allie to be wearing her pajamaâ€™s when she is writing this letter, because she tells him in the note that she will soon be joining him in bed, and he is already sound asleep. Her posture is most likely hunched over a little bit because she is writing, and age has most likely taken its toll on her. Allieâ€™s social status has nothing to do with this letter, but I know that she is a southern socialite, and her family has money. (Now, nearly fifty years later, Iâ€™m not sure what their status in life was.).
2. To whom is the speaker speaking?.
The audience of Allieâ€™s letter is Noah Calhoun, her beloved husband and best friend. This is made very obviously because of the fact that it is a letter- and the first line is: Dear Noah. The relationship between Allie and Noah goes deeper than any relationship in any book Iâ€™ve ever read. The kind of love expressed and shown by these two characters takes my breath away. The letter tells Noah that she (Allie) loves him deeply, and he is her best friend, her lover, her everything. Their relationship is very much closed (marriage normally is), yet open at the same time because they are best friends and tell each other everything. .
3. Where is the speaker located in space?.
Allie is sitting at a desk, I would imagine that sits in the bedroom she shared with Noah. She is writing by candle light, so this makes me think that she is trying not to wake Noah up, because he is already asleep in their bed. The setting for this part of the book is quiet and peaceful- just like the characters in the novel.