I prefer to write in third person limited but have found that I am slightly confused on some of it's more detailed mechanics. For example: In the first chapter of The Stand by Stephen King (not the prologue), he begins describing the town, it's history and some of it's development before any characters are introduced. So my question is actually two questions. 1) How do describe a setting or anything for that matter, before introducing a character? 2) In third person limited, are you allowed to simply describe the history of a town without making it explicit that the character is thinking this? "The city of Jamestown was founded in..." as opposed to "Sam thought on the founding of Jamestown..." First post btw, thank you in advance.