Disconnect and Finality in, “The Three-Day Blow”

“Nick said nothing. The liquor had all died out of him and left him alone. Bill wasn’t there. He wasn’t sitting in front of the fire or going fishing tomorrow with Bill and his dad or anything. He wasn’t drunk. It was all gone. All he knew was that he had once had Marjorie and that he had lost her. She was gone and he had sent her away. That was all that mattered. He might never see her again. Probably he never would. It was all gone, finished.”

Hemingway, Ernest. “The Three-Day Blow”. In Our Time. New York: Scribner Paperback Fiction, 1958. Print. p.47.

Hemingway’s usage of words such as “might” and “probably” in the last few sentences call into question the theme of finality that is being presented by the narrator. Also a sense of disconnection from reality is presented in the quote by the succinct sentences stating things known as truths in the plot (the fact that Nick was drunk) to be untruthful.