The UVic Writer's Guide
A common problem in literary essays is switching tense when discussing
plot. It is standard practice to talk about events in a narrative in
the present tense:
When Kit and Port arrive in El Ga'a, Port becomes ill.
Only use the past tense if you are discussing one event and wish
to make reference to something that happens earlier in the book:
Port discovers that his passport is missing, and realizes that
Eric must have stolen it when they were together.
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