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Tuesday, April 3, 2007

The Killers by Ernest Hemmingway

"Nick went out. As he shut the door he saw Ole Anderson with all his clothes on, lying on the bed looking at the wall."
This story is completely dialogue driven, and as such should be treated carefully in terms of how we read into it. The Killers is a powerful story of how decisions we make can affect not only ourselves, but others as well. Nick goes to check on Ole after some guys go into their restaurant to kill Ole. Nick returns to the restaurant and talks to George, the guy behind the counter.
"I'm going to get out of this town," Nick said.
"Yes," said George. "That's a good thing to do."
"I can't stand to think about him waiting in the room and knowing he's going to get it. It's too damned awful."
"Well," said George, "you better not think about it."

2 comments:

shersy said...

Interesting - the feeling of powerlessness. Is that a word? It should be. Give me another word to use instead of that one.....

Aaron Bryan said...

Paralyzed would be a good word.