Hemingway’s “Hills Like White Elephants”

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“Hills Like White Elephants” represents another example of the depth to which Ernest Hemingway can take a short conversation.

A man and a woman waiting at a train station in Spain have a discussion.  True, the discussion isn’t a light topic, but in the course of very few words, a couple beers and liquor that tastes like licorice, Hemingway reveals that their relationship is crumbling.  No resolution can be found.  Regardless of the decisions they make, their world will never be the same – except for perhaps the hills.  They look like elephants – white ones.

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