Cathedral is a collection of short stories. In the title story, a blind man, Robert, comes to visit the narrator and his wife. The narrator is unsure about Robert and a bit jealous of the man's relationship with his wife, who worked with Robert as a reader years ago. Loneliness is a prevailing theme in the title story and in others in the collection, as is the impact of drinking alcohol. Another story, "Where I'm Calling From," examines alcoholism and the impact of storytelling on people's lives.
Murder in the Cathedral is a play by T.S. Eliot about the murder of Archbishop Thomas Becket in 1170 AD. The play takes place in Canterbury Cathedral, where, like the chorus in a Greek tragedy, a chorus provides commentary about the action in the play. Becket learns of his imminent martyrdom and is tempted by various rewards as well as the glory of martyrdom itself. In the end, Becket is killed by knights sent by the king, who believes that he has been disloyal.