With these qualifications, we see the value of Shreve as a listener. A person from any part of the United States would have constantly had objections to Quentin’s story. On the contrary, Shreve is able to respond to the story in a detached manner. There are no regional prejudices or sectional loyalties involved in his response. Thus by choosing a person outside the United States, Faulkner is able to obviate the regional preconception and prejudices of the reader, and it becomes more the reader than Shreve who is the fourth person on the ride back to Sutpen’s Hundred. By choosing the most objective person as the listener, Faulkner is able to subjectively involve the reader in his story, thus universalizing the narration.