When Coleman comes to Nathan begging him to write the story of Iris’s “murder,” Nathan’s response is ambivalent:
“I had to write about this ‘absurdity,’ that ‘absurdity’ –I, who then knew nothing about his woes at the college and could not even begin to follow the chronology of the horror that, for five months now, had engulfed him and the late Iris Silk” (11-2).
Does Coleman’s appeal work on Nathan? Is Nathan writing the account Coleman would have wanted? If so, provide some evidence from the suggest suggesting that Nathan’s narrative stance is sympathetic toward Coleman. If not, why is Nathan writing about Coleman?