One of the best-known modern short stories is Raymond Carver’s “Cathedral” (1981). As I read it, the story is about the Bub character’s experience of being taken outside his prejudices. His wife, Jan, has foisted on him her long-time blind friend, Robert, as a guest he’d much rather not host, but it is the interaction between the two men that leads Bub to his epiphany.
The narrative is strictly from Bub’s point of view. As such, it depicts a sighted person adjusting to the presence of a blind person. In Robert’s voice, the storyline might have been slightly, though not entirely, different.
I’ve written a version from Robert’s perspective and added it here to my website. This alternative version elaborates on Robert’s backstory, only hinted at in Carver’s original, and proceeds to detail the evening with Jan and Bub as he experiences it.
Note: I found a PDF copy of Carver’s story online that has the following disclaimer: “This is strictly for classroom supplementary use only. The author, author’s representatives, and the publishers of this literary piece hold the individual copyright.” The following link takes you to a page where you can open the PDF file: