“‘Oh, Daddy, can’t you give her something to make her stop screaming?’ asked Nick” (Hemingway 16)
Hemingway, Ernest. In Our Time. New York: Scribner Paperback Fiction, 1958. Print.
That quote emphasizes that Nick is still a youth and that him being exposed to the pains and sufferings of labor scares him. The screams indicate his fear as well as he tells his father to make the woman stop screaming. Kids hate watching people suffer and that is the case with Nick; therefore, he is still a young kid who is being exposed to the harsh sufferings of the world. This story shows the reflection of a youth becoming slowly exposed to the harsh realities to life as he watches the woman in labor and the man commit suicide. The questions and statements he makes all reflect his growing up.