Classic Writings of Ernest Hemingway (Vol II)
These four works describe entirely different lives. Mr. and Mrs. Elliot is a sad story, for the couple cannot get a baby even if they have tried their best. However, My Old Man is a positive story. We can perceive a father's love towrads his son and this father's positive attitude towards life. In Great News from the Mainland, the protagonist's son is under treatment and getting better. However, the two paragraphs of scene description give a hint that there may not be a happy ending. In Old Man at the Bridge, the author describes a worn-out old man who is fleeing from calamity. The author reveals the evil of the war as well as appreciates the kind humanity of human beings.
This book includes four works of Hemingway: Mr. and Mrs. Elliot, My Old Man, Great News from the Mainland and Old Man at the Bridge. In Mr. and Mrs. Elliot, Mr.Elliot and Mrs. Elliot want to give birth to a baby but they haven't have a baby all the time. In My Old Man, "my" father is a horse rider. He is humorous and lives a relaxing life. "My" father teaches "me" how to be a professional horse rider by his own experiences. Great News from the Mainland tells what the father talks to his son when his son is under electric shock treatment. Also, it records what this father talks with his son's doctor. In Old Man at the Bridge, the author reveals the evil of the war and expresses his deep mercy to lives, through his talk with the old man who is fleeing from calamity.
Mr. and Mrs. Elliot tried very hard to have a baby. They tried as often as Mrs. Elliot could stand it. They tried in Boston after they were married and they tried coming over on the boat. They did not try very often on the boat because Mrs. Elliot was quite sick. She was sick and when she was sick she was sick as Southern women are sick. That is women from the Southern part of the United States. Like all Southern women Mrs. Elliot disintegrated very quickly under sea sickness, travelling at night, and getting up too early in the morning. Many of the people on the boat took her for Elliot’s mother. Other people who knew they were married believed she was going to have a baby. In reality she was forty years old. Her years had been precipitated suddenly when she started travelling. She had seemed much younger, in fact she had seemed not to have any age at all, when Elliot had married her after several weeks of making love to her after knowing her for a long time in her tea shop before he had kissed her one evening.
Mr. and Mrs. Elliot
My Old Man
Great News from the Mainland
Old Man at the Bridge