I recently finished a reference book that explained about the best ways in shifting point of views and I only just now grasped it, therefore I'm going back through a particular novel, I had considered finished, and fix my point of view shifts. Well now I've run into a problem and I've been searching all over the internet, re-reading my guide books but can't find a solution. I thought someone here might be able to help me. I'll try to explain it best as I can, so bare with me! In my novel I have two main points a view and one of the main point of view characters has a couple of scenes with another minor character. In one particular scene these two are talking and the main point of view character makes a reference (in dialogue) to her past, but it is the minor character who reflects on this. It does sort of go from his views, to some narration and then back to him. My question is, is this considered shifting points of views? If so, my guidebooks are telling me I'm doing it wrong as you shouldn't shift points of view in the same scene. I've tried thinking of a way to rewrite it but this past information on the main character is important, but I can't have the main character think of it or it looks like she's feeling sorry for herself and that just ruins the character. I did come across one site talking about point of views and they explained how important it is to keep one point a view per scene but that there can be an exception if there is no other solution. Would this scene I’ve written be one of those exceptions or no? Any help would be very much appreciated!