Cat in the Rain

cat in the rainOn the surface, this is a simple story about an American couple spending a rainy afternoon in a hotel room during an Italian holiday. However, in typical Ernest Hemingway style, there is a lot more to the story than the words on the page. The wet weather and an empty square outside the hotel reflect the couple’s relationship, and different readers will see different reasons for the problems between them.

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The End of Something

the end of somethingThis story by Ernest Hemingway is about change. The lumber town of Hortons Bay dies and falls into ruin when there are no more trees to cut down. But this results in a new beginning as “second growth” forest establishes itself. Nick Adams breaks up with his girlfriend Marjorie because “it isn’t fun anymore”. Will Nick’s new beginning be with another girl, or is his decision to break up because of something else?

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Indian Camp

indian campThis story by Ernest Hemingway tells how a young boy “comes of age” as he witnesses the saving of a woman’s life, the birth of her baby, and the death of her husband… all over the space of just a few hours. A feature of Hemingway’s short stories is that important details are often left unexplained. In this story we come away wondering why the woman’s husband killed himself. Some people suggest that the boy’s Uncle George may have had something to do with it. You can read more about this in our Comments below.

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