Why am I supposed to believe the narrator remembers every conversation word for word?
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Seriously though, Joker -- what's at the root of this? Are you thinking about writing something in first person and you're having doubts?
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I was going to write a story soon in first anyways. It was just a curiosity question.
Your not! We all hear what we want to believe we heard. I doubt that many people can reitereate any conversation word for word. It reminds me of domestic arguments I have had. Him: "You said this." Me: "No I didn't."
As a reader you're not supposed to believe that. You're supposed to believe that the speaker is a well-versed enough storyteller, as many, many were in the not-really-that-distant past, to know where conversations need to occur in their narrative, and to be able to fill those spots with plausible, partly extemporaneous speech.