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A Proud Achievement In Ernest Hemingways story The Short Happy Life of Francis Macomber Francis Macomber according to Hemingway was a very unhappy man because of his cowardly display after facing a wounded lion and because of his inability to stand up to his wife However Francis Macomber regained his happiness and bravery while out hunting buffalo unfortunately it was short lived Francis Macomber was a man in his mid-thirties very tall very well built and considered handsome He excelled at court games and had quite a number of big-game fishing records yet he was not experienced in game hunting and he has just shown himself to be a coward when he ran screaming from a lion The ordeal started the night before they went hunting when Francis was awoken by the sound of a lion roaring which frightened him for the rest of the night In the early morning Francis Margot his wife and their guide Robert Wilson went out to hunt for the lion After coming upon the lion Francis shot three times hitting it twice and only wounding it The wounded lion went trotting off into the tall grass hiding and waiting for the hunters to come after him Before the men went in after the lion Macomber sat sweating under his arms his mouth dry his stomach hollow feeling wanting to find the courage to tell Wilson to go on and finish off the lion without him As the men entered the tall grass the lion came charging at them The next thing he knew Macomber was running wildly in panic in the open running towards the stream Wilson finished the lion off with two shots from his rifle Unfortunately for Francis his wife had seen the whole ordeal Later that night as Macomber lay on his cot he knew it was neither all over nor was it the beginning It was exactly as it happened and he was
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