- Is dying hard, Daddy? (Bunkbeds) pg. 19
- With so much about this story based on loss and what comes after loss, it is beneficial to investigate how death is addressed in this collection. Here in Indian Camp, we see that the Doctor thinks that it “depends,” but we also see Nick questioning the difficulty of losing literally everything. I think this questioning is a foreshadow of how Nick addresses losing later in the stories.
The Three-Day Blow:
- All of a sudden it was over. (Flask) pg. 48
- Nick is experiencing the loss of Marjorie, and it seems sudden, like the loss that Hemmingway describes in much of this collection. Most of the loss occurs somewhat out of the blue.
- When you got it you don’t know about it. (Spiral) pg. 56
- Used in reference to craziness, but could also be used to describe the “having” before the “losing”
A Very Short Story
- Only a boy and girl affair. (Stick Couple) pg. 66
- This line goes along with the theme of not knowing what love is that is prevalent throughout the book. Luz thinks that she has found real love, not just boy and girl love, but in reality the love she thought she had with the major was not real either.
Mr. and Mrs. Elliot
- They tried as often as Mrs. Elliot could stand it. (Bed) pg. 85
- This line takes an act of love that is usually considered to be something enjoyable and twists it very simply into something that has to be worked at and “stood for”. I think this captures the feeling towards love throughout this collection; as something that must be suffered through and dealt with or even overcome.
My Old Man
- “Seems like when they get started they don’t leave a man nothing.”(Stretcher) pg. 129
- I think this line sums up the loss of “In Our Time” well because it alludes to losing everything, all at one time. Not only has Joe lost his father, but he also just lost his father’s reputation. This line points out that there is more to lose than just the physical man his father was.