Sample Style Study: Hemingway
die [in childbirth]. She's just having a bad time. The
initial labor is usually
protracted. She's only having a bad time. Afterward we'd
say what a bad time and Catherine would say it wasn't
so bad. But what if she should die? She can't die. Yes,
but what if she should die? She can't, I tell you. Don't
be a fool. It's just a bad time. It's just nature giving
her hell. It's only the first labor, which is almost
protracted. Yes, but what if she should die? She can't
die. Why would she die? What reason is there for her
There's a just a child that has to be born, the by-product
of good nights in Milan. It makes trouble and is born
then you look after it and get fond of it maybe. But
what if she should die? She won't. She's all right.
if she should die? Hey, what about that? What if she
[. . .] A doctor came
in followed by a nurse. He held something in his two hands
that looked like a freshly skinned rabbit and hurried across
the corridor with it and in through another door. I went
down to the door he had gone into and found them in the
room doing things to a new-born child. The doctor held him
up for me to see. He held him by the heels and slapped him.
"Is he all right?"
He'll weigh five kilos."
I had no feeling for
him. He did not seem to have anything to do with me. I felt
no feeling of fatherhood.
"Aren't you proud
of your son?" the nurse asked. They were washing him
and wrapping him in something. I saw the little dark face
and dark hand, but I did not see him move or hear him cry.
The doctor was doing something to him again. He looked upset.
"No," I said.
"He nearly killed his mother."