In Our Time

“The strange thing was, he said, how they screamed every night at midnight. I do not know why they screamed at that time.” (1)

Notes — vague, delayed specification of referents (who is he? who are they?), beginning the story en media res

“They shot the six cabinet ministers at half-past six in the morning against the wall of a hospital. There were pools of water in the courtyard.” (51)

Notes — detachment, simplicity of diction and syntax, no insight into the mind of the narrator, stating distressing events as simple facts, lack of emotion

Hemingway, Ernest. In Our Time. New York, NY: Scribner, 2003.

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