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The short story Cat in the Rain was written by Ernest Hemingway in the 1920s It is about an American couple that spends their holidays in an Italian hotel It is a rainy day and the American woman sees a cat in the rain which she wants to protect from the raindrops When she goes out of the hotel which is kept by an old Italian who really seems to do everything to please that woman and wants to get the cat it is gone After returning to the hotel room she starts a conversation with her husband George who is reading all the time telling him how much she wants to have a cat and other things for instance her own silver to eat with Her husband seems to be annoyed by that and not interested at all At the end of the story there is a knock on the door and the maid stands there holding a cat for the American woman in her hands Peculiarities of the introduction The first thing that caught my eyes was the long description at the beginning First there is a description of the environment in good weather which means spring or summer then a description of the momentary situation in the rain This description creates an atmosphere that is sad cold and unfriendly To create this atmosphere Hemingway uses words such as empty or the motorcars were gone Later on by looking at the relationship of the two Americans you can see that this description was a foreshadowing of the state of the couples relationship First it was nice the spring-time of their love and now there is only rain their relationship got cold and unfriendly Another symbolic hint in this introduction is the war monument which is mentioned three times This maybe is done to tell us that a conflict is to be expected From girl to wife The next thing I wondered
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