Ratanah Kiri Travel on The narrator says nothing, or almost nothing, to give the secret away. Carl is described, for example, without any apparent irony, as sitting quietly in school in a seat in the corner that had been empty, though it may seem to little odd to the reader that the teacher never called on him (188). That is because, the reader belatedly realizes, Carl is not there at all for the adults. TIlat also explains the funny look (190) the lady behind the counter at the drug store gives them when they order four lemon-limes with water (190). For her only three boys are sitting at the counter. The reader may then start putting two and two together, for example noticing the way the adults, including Mrs. Barrington herself, are quoted as saying the Barrington’s have no children. Ratanah Kiri Travel 2016.