A clean well lighted place summary
He is deaf and likes when the night grows still. One waiter tells the other that the old man tried to kill himself because he was in despair. The waiters summay at the empty tables and the old man, who sits in the shadow of a tree. They see a couple walk by, a soldier with a girl. SummaryLate in the early morning hours, in a Spanish cafe, an old man drinks brandy. Critics often see these themes emerge as reflections of the cultural ;lace spiritual malaise of the disillusioned, post- World War I Western world.
And, because Hemingway is Hemingway, he manages (amazingly) to do it in under 1,500 words. Preparing to close, two waiters speak to themselves about the elderly gentleman, one telling the other that the man attempted suicide the week before. They discuss the fact that he tried to commit suicide the week before, but that it could not have been over anything important because he had plenty of money.The old man asks for another brandy and a clean well lighted place summary of the waiters brings it to him. Apparently, the old man attempted to hang himself the previous week, but was stopped mid-suicide by his niece.
The older waiter and younger waiter debate the possible cause.Meanwhile, a soldier walks by with a young woman, presumably out beyond curfew. Watching the old man from a clean well lighted place summary, the two waiters return to their conversation about the his attempted suicSorry, your browser is not supported. eNotes requires Internet Explorer 9 or greater. Please upgrade your browserto use eNotes.We apologize for any inconvenience, and thank you for your visiting.eNotes Support.
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