The Dark Humor of Hemingway’s "A Way You’ll Never Be"
Manuscript study. Beall chronicles Hemingway’s extensive drafting and revision process, contending that the author carefully constructs the opening battle scene with Nick as a rational and detached military analyst to underscore his later manic loss of control, as evidenced in his rambling interior monologues and comedic lecture to the adjutant connecting American troops with plagues of locusts. Contrasts Nick’s comical monologues on locusts in “Big Two-Hearted River” with the sharper and edgier humor of his exchange with the adjutant. Reads the latter story’s conclusion as evidence of Nick’s resilience and ability to move forward despite his wounding.