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A Clean Well-Lighted Place by Ernest Hemingway is set in a caf late at night in Spain In the caf are two waiters of different ages and a lonesome old man who is their regular customer Early into the story it is evident that the two waiters have different views towards the old man The younger waiters behavior toward the old man is relevant to the younger waiters attitude on life In contrast the older waiter sees beneath the old mans exterior surface He can identify the sense of loneliness the old man hasAs the two waiters are working the late shift it becomes obvious the young waiter is impatient to leave He repeatedly makes the remarks I want to go home and into bed 94 With his wife waiting for him at home in their bed he attains a sense of security without realizing it He is anxious to be out of the caf and free of the old man so he could continue his night the way he chooses Loneliness is not present in the young waiters life He does not understand various people grow older without family or friends When the young waiter serves the old man his last drink he speaks to the old man as if he were foreign or stupid Not understanding what type of refuge the caf provided the old man the young waiter viewed the old man as a burdenUnlike the young waiter the elder waiter can empathize with the old man The old man presents himself with dignity while drinking in the caf The old waiter sees and understands the old mans ways Since the old waiter is alone as well he shares the life of solitude that the old man lives in He attempts to explain this to the young waiter as he comments You have youth confidence and a jobYou have everything 94 The young waiter argues with the old waiter that they share
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