Chapter IV

It was a frightfully hot day.  We’d jammed an absolutely perfect barricade across the bridge.  It was simply priceless.  A big old wrought-iron grating from the front of a house.  Too heavy to lift and you could shoot through it and they would have to climb over it.  It was absolutely topping.  They tried to get over it, and we pottered from forty yards.  They rushed it, and officers came out along and worked on it.  It was an absolutely perfect obstacle.  Their officers were very fine.  We were frightfully put out when we heard the flank gone, and we had to fall back. 

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

Notes: Repetition, simply priceless?, unusual descriptions, ambiguous use of we, declarative sentences, who is they, temporal and spatial question.

1 thought on “Chapter IV

  1. Do you think Hemingway’s use of repetition , like with Joyce, is for ironic purposes? Do you find this passage funny or alarming? And then the question of whether irony should be alarming or shocking, as it is in the case most of Hemingway’s short stories . In addition, isn’t weird that there are more than two sides to the barricade. There is a we, and a they of course, but then the officers are also a separate entity.

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