Summary

“A Very Short Story” by Ernest Hemingway starts with an American soldier who was wounded in World War I and is taken to a hospital in Padua, Italy, where the man falls in love with a nurse named Luz. To be able to spend time with him, Luz takes the night shift in the hospital for three months, a period when all the people in the hospital are aware of their relationship. After his operation, the soldier acts kindly towards Luz, who has helped him, and even looks out for other patients at night only to let her sleep.

Before the soldier’s return to the front, the two of them talk about getting married, but they cannot do it because they lack the necessary documents. The soldier goes back to fight in the war and Luz constantly writes him letters. When he r...

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