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Lack of Emotion

They shot the six cabinet ministers at half-past six in the morning against the wall of a hospital. There were pools of water in the courtyard. There were wet dead leaves on the paving of the courtyard. It rained hard. All the shutters of the hospital were nailed shut. One of the minisĀ­ters was sick with typhoid. Two soldiers carried him downstairs and out into the rain. They tried to hold him up against the wall but he sat down in a puddle of water. The other five stood very quietly against the wall. Finally the officer told the soldiers it was no good trying to make him stand up. When they fired the first volley he was sitting down in the water with his head on his knees. (51)

In this interchapter Hemingway uses almost no emotional language. It serves to heighten the emotion of what is actually happening.

Emotionless Prose

They shot the six cabinet ministers…There were pools of water in the courtyard. There were wet dead leaves on the paving of the courtyard…One of the ministers was sick with typhoid. Two soldiers carried him downstairs and out into the rain…When they fired the first volley he was sitting down in the water with his head on his knees.

Hemingway, Ernest. In Our Time. New York: Scribner, 1996.

Compared to the few readings prior to this one (Chapter V), Hemingway practically extracts and removes any form of emotion from this passage. The passage gives readers a small chill up their spine due to the realism that is perceived.