Here, we will discuss the setting of “A Very Short Story” by Ernest Hemingway.

Time setting

The story was written in 1924, but it focuses on a specific time setting: the end of the First World War (1917-1918). The action spreads over the course of a few months – the three months that the American spent in the Italian hospital, the period after the armistice, and the months after his departure to the US.

Physical setting

The physical setting presents events taking place in Italy, specifically in Padua (where the hospital is) and probably in Milan (on the war front Hemingway fought). Note that the overall atmosphere changes according to the changes of the characters. In the beginning, the weather is hot and beautiful, with “hot nights” and fresh air. T...

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