The Short Story «A Day’s Wait»

«A Day’s Wait» by Ernest Hemmingway tells a story about a father and his son who has a fever. The nine-year old-son is concerned about his health due to his high fever. He fears that he will soon die in a matter of some few days and feels pity towards his father. However, he doesn’t tell his father about his worries or pain. When his father arrives home again, after the quail hunting he notices that his son is acting quite odd. At the end of the story, the son finally shares his concern and fear of dying. The father shortly explains the son’s condition and he figures out that it was nothing to be concerned about. The moral of the short story is we ought to share our concerns and pain with the people we love and trust.


Hemmingway’s writing style

Hemmingway writes simple but direct. His choice of words is vivid verbs and precise nouns. The sentences don’t have extravagant adjectives in order to tell a compelling story.  In his sentences, Hemmingway uses long sentences when writing descriptions and short sentences in dialogues. In addition, Hemmingway never reveals or tells who is the narrator in the story. The characterization the son and father are expressed through the dialogue.  The Characters in the story reveal much about themselves by what they say and do. For instance, the readers learn that the son is nine years old. If the son was not nine maybe he wouldn’t believe that he was going to die.




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