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Dark Against Light in A Clean Well-Lighted PlaceThe main character in A Clean Well- Lighted Placewritten by Ernest Hemingway is the old man The old man whoremains nameless throughout the short story comes to the caffor the light it provides him against the dark night He stayslate into the night and sits In the shadow the leaves of thetree made against the electric light The old man is deaf andfinds comfort in the difference he feels inside the quiet caf The old man struggles with old age and the feeling of nothingnesswhich is representative of the darkness outside of the cafThe well-lit caf represents order and cleanliness Outsidein the dark a young soldier and a girl hurry along the streets Apparently the couple intend to go off alone They symbolizethe excitement that can go on in the night between two people The old man is around eighty years old and does not have a wife He doesnt experience this type of relationship in the dark Rather he finds company in the clean well-lighted caf Although the only other two people in the caf at the late hourare the two waiters the old man finds it content The two waiters comment that although he is A good clientthey knew that if he became too drunk he would leave withoutpaying The younger of the two waiters wants to go home Hehas a wife and claims he never gets into bed before threeoclock He treats the deaf old man as if he were dumb Hespeaks to him with that omission of syntax stupid people employwhen talking to drunken people or foreigners The young waiterknows that the old man tried to commit suicide last week butfeels no remorse for him He is too preoccupied with closing thecaf to get home It is not important to the young waiter thatthe old man has a clean place to stay Unlike the old man theyoung waiter says he
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