I was caught off-guard by the shift in narrative point of view with “[lelo9n8a0rd].” I was not expecting to read any first person accounts in the novel, and I’m curious as to why Franzen introduces this narrative technique so late in the novel, and only for Tom. I almost feel cheated that I get to know Tom, while I can never get a full read on Andreas, Pip, or Anabel. In some ways, it makes sense that Tom gets to tell his story. He is a journalist, and consequently a rather reliable, stable narrative voice. We also know by this point that he is Pip’s father, so maybe allowing him to share his story fills in for his silent, deferred presence throughout Pip’s life. I flipped through the remainder of the novel, and found that it returns to a third-person perspective. Why does Franzen think Tom’s subjectivity is worth sharing through a first-person narrative, while all of the other characters’ subjectivities must be mediated through a narrator, or some form of free indirect discourse? And how will it feel to leave Tom’s first-person voice in the final sections of the novel?