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Websters Dictionary defines comfort as to give strength hope to or to console 61 People find strength or consolation in different ways Each person has a unique manner and need for that special thing that comforts them Baker writes that Hemingway on several accounts writes of a man named Nick Adams Hemingway uses Nick throughout most of his stories Primarily he uses this character in about five stories that have been grouped together that critics refer to as The Education of Nick Adams 129 Adams is Hemingways character that critics believe to be his means of writing about his own life Hemingway shows us that Nick finds his consolation in his father Hemingways depiction of Mrs Henry Adams Nicks mother portrays her to be an overbearing and obnoxious woman Benson describes Mrs Adams as Nicks mother is a woman who smothers sweetly with that peculiar self righteous intensity which is born of Victorian moral certainty 6 Mrs Adams constantly questions the actions of Dr Adams and Nick According to Jackson Benson after the row with Dick Boulton in The Doctor and the Doctors Wife Mrs Adams only attempts to second guess Dr Adams Instead of backing her husband up or sympathizing with him Mrs Adams scolds her husband and expresses the suspicion that it was Dr Adams who caused all the trouble Her tone effectively reduces the doctors status to that of a little boy Her further refusal to believe her husband after patronizingly urging him not to try to keep anything from me belittles him into a posture not only of a naughty little boy but a sulky and not even a very trustworthy one 8 Hemingway shows Mrs Adams almost as an evil empress who wants control over her family The setting around Mrs Adams gives the reader an impression of power Benson describes the setting as Like a queen bee or despotic invalid Mrs Adams sends forth
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