"For a long time I would go to bed early."

The name of the first-person narrator in Swann's Way is never revealed. The closest Proust comes is in volume five, The Captive, where he writes "if we give the narrator the same name as the author of this book..." then calls him Marcel. Although the novel is loosely autobiographical, most critics are wary of calling 'I' 'Marcel', like Proust, in case it causes the reader some confusion between the fictional character of the narrator of In Search of Lost Time and the author. Therefore most people refer to this 'I' as 'the narrator', although this does seem a little clumsy.