A Way You'll Never Be
Annotates and comments, often line by line, on familiar and obscure details and allusions to the people, places, things, events, and other references found in the story. Opens with a discussion of the story's composition history and relationship to the other Nick Adams war stories, "Big Two-Hearted River" and "Now I Lay Me," before moving into an explication beginning with the title and closing with the story's final exchange of goodbyes between Nick and Paravicini revealing Nick's faulty Italian, a flaw reminiscent of other Hemingway protagonists. Covers stylistic elements such as Hemingway's use of repetition and understatement and dialogue attribution. Frequent comparisons to "A Natural History of the Dead."