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Mrs Macomber in the car had shot at the buffalo with the 65 Mannlicher as it seemed about to gore Macomber and had hit her husband about two inches up and a little to one side of the base of his skull 28 but what makes a wife shot her husband In the story The Short Happy Life of Francis Macomber by Ernest Hemingway one of the most scandalous moments occurs when Mrs Macomber shoots her husband Francis leaving the reader to ponder upon if the murder was intentional Throughout the story Hemingway leaves a few subtle clues to the murder of Francis Margot saw many negative qualities in Francis living in a fake marriage finding another man and having an easy cover-up story were all motives for Margot to commit murder One trait that really annoyed Margot was learning that her husband was a coward After the lion incident the mood of the story changed dramatically from a happy safari adventure to one bad trip The next thing he knew he was running running wildly in panic in the open running toward the streamMacombers wife had not looked at him nor he at her and he had sat by her in the back seat17 The reader can almost feel the uncomfortable tension between the two Margot being so embarrassed with Francis did not speak nor look at him for the rest of the car ride back to camp Feeling such embarrassment toward her husband was another fuel that fueled her motives towards killing Francis Another reason why the murder was no accident comes from the shaky marriage that the Macombers were living in from the start of the story Throughout the story their relationship is turbulent neither one being suitable for the other Margot was too beautiful for Macomber to leave her and Macomber had too much money for Margot to ever leave him18 The only reason Margot stayed with Francis was
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