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The way we talk to one another effects our relationships with people It can create problems or solve them The tone of voice we use the way we express ourselves what we say and what we mean all contribute to a conversation In Hills Like White Elephants by Ernest Hemingway the main characters relationship is dwindling due to the surface conversations they have with one another In this shot story we step into a conversation of a couple waiting in Madrid at a train station on a bright sunny afternoon with a view of the long and white326 hills across the Ebro River valley We do not discover the name of the man and only know him as the American but the girl we come to know as Jig From their dialogue we find out the circumstances of their relationship and how they have come to be at this place and time It is also through this dialogue that we find what type of relationship the have and how they interact with each other They are hiding their true feeling about the situation presented to them We can see this lack of communication and hiding behind false words by the way the characters talk to one another and act towards each other The happy couple tries to discuss a very serious decision that must be made While talking the word abortion is not said at all but the reader is able to infer that the operation they are talking about is an abortion by the many clues offered in the conversation They skirt around the word never saying it The American is the one who brings up the topic He tells her Its really an awfully simple operation and goes as far as saying that Its not really an operation at all 327 Both of them have known people who have gone through the same simple operation He says this too much simple
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