A well lighted place analysis
Rumor has it that he tried to hang himself, he was once married, he has a lot of money, and his niece takes care of him. SummaryLate in the early morning hours, in a Spanish cafe, an old man drinks brandy. 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 one of the waiters brings it to him.
The two waiters discuss their customer further, saying his niece found him hanging himself and cut him down to save his soul, and that without a wife he must be lonely.One of the waiters is younger than his colleague is, and expresses impatience to cloSorry, 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.
Critics often see these themes emerge as reflections of the cultural and 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. Outside in the dark, a young soldier and a girl hurry along the streets. Apparently, the couple intend to go off alone. They symbolize the excitement that can go on in the night between two people.