Summary Of Ernest Hemingway's Hills Like White Elephants

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In this excerpt of Ernest Hemingway’s Hills Like White Elephants, Hemingway establishes an attitude of detachment in a young girl named Jig. She travels with an American man on a train through the Ebro River valley in Spain, having a terse discussion. The man, the father of Jig’s child, tries to persuade her into getting an abortion, but his words roll off her shoulders she gazes at the white hills in the distance. Jig’s aloofness is conveyed through her lack of interest in conversing with the man. When he tells her that the abortion is an “awfully simple operation”, she “[looks] at the ground the table rested on” (314). Her unresponsiveness implies that she is reluctant to give the man any straight answers, as she has not reached a conclusion
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