“A Day’s Wait” by Ernest Hemingway

Ernst Hemmingway was an American author who received the Nobel Price in 1954. Throughout his years he wrote many novels, but he specialized in short stories. Amongst his many well-written texts, we encounter «A Day’s Wait».

A Day’s wait is a marvelous short story. The text contains a minimal amount of characters. Schatz, his father, and the doctor. Schatz has got an illness, therefore his father is at home, taking care of him. He gets described as shivering, white-faced and flushed by the fever. The story is about a 9-year-old boy who gets a fever and thinks will die. Later we get introduced to the misunderstanding of Celsius and Fahrenheit, this is a sudden turning point in the story.

After world war one, Ernst Hemmingway and many others were considered to be amongst the «lost generation». This was a common term referencing to the people who lost their childhood because of world war one.


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