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That Which was Happy was Very Short in Duration In Ernest Hemingways story The Short Happy Life of Francis Macomber Francis Macomber according to Hemingway is 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 regains his happiness contentment self-control and bravery while out hunting buffalo At this point in time Macomber put his insecurities and shortcomings behind him Unfortunately his wife did the very same with his life with one short white flash This story takes place in Africa Francis Macomber a wealthy man in his mid-thirties very tall very well builtand considered handsome and his pretty wife Margot hire a guide named Mr Wilson to take them on a hunting safari 6 The Macomber marriage is one of codependence based on wealth beauty control and leverage 18 Early on the very first day of the safari Macomber displays himself as a coward The ordeal started the night before when Francis was awakened by the sound of a lion roaring which frightened him for the rest of he night In the early morning Francis Margot and their guide Robert Wilson go out to hunt for this lion After coming upon the lion Francis shoots at the lion 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 go 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 16 As the men enter the tall grass the lion came charging at them The next thing he knows Macomber is running wildly in panic in the open running towards the stream 17 Wilson finishes the lion off with
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