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"Cat In The Rain" by Ernest Hemingway

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"Cat In The Rain" by Ernest Hemingway "Cat In The Rain" is set in an Italian hotel where we meet an American couple. Outside a cat is trapped in the rain, and the wife wants to save it. When she goes to get it, it is gone but the maid later brings her one. The point of view in the story is a third person narrator, but the perspective changes going from the wife to the husband and an objective narrator who tells it like it is. The story is told retrospectively in the past tense. The narrator is omniscient - that is 'he' knows all but judges nothing. On the first page it seems it is the waiter objectively telling us what is going on whereas the second page is told by the wife and the last paragraphs of the third and fourth [and last] page in our story is told to us by George (the husband). ...read more.


She is a joyous person and he is constantly bored and longing for something exciting to happen. She seems to be a harmonious union of nature and culture, but when she is with her husband she is disharmonious i.e. bored which Hemingway sneakingly implies when he has her (when she is with her husband) looking out on the empty square in heavy rain. Their activity together is him reading and her looking, signaling the loss or failure of love and communication. The cat to her is the symbol of her desperation to have a child - someone to care for. Her husband is not interested in her want or need to have a child but she does not - in any way - keep her desire under wraps. Over and over again she tells him what she wants but he does not listen but clings rather desperately to his book that maybe to him, seems the only way to not have to listen to his wife's demands. ...read more.


is nameless and the man in "Hills..." is nameless. I think the couples in the two stories are one and the same couple. Again the two stories are about having someone to care for - in "Cat..." she wants to have a baby, and in "Hills..." I think her wish is about to come true. Jig is pregnant, but the man (George?) does not seem at all excited and pleas with her in this story to have an abortion. He tells her "it's a simple operation" but that she should not do it if she does not want to. It is not hard to see that she does want to have the baby, and if you believe the two women are actually the same, you can surely understand why she wants her long-desired wish to come true. The themes in the two stories are also close to being the same - the lack of love and the lack of communication. So - are the two stories an 'evolutionary tale' about a couple? I do not doubt it. 281002 Jeanette Kenworth 1 ...read more.

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