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- Condescending, as in the way he slurs his words when speaking to the old man.
- Emphatic, as when he refuses to serve the old man another drink.
- Cocky, as in his confidence in his own instant opinions.
- Shameless, as when he tells the older waiter that the old man should have killed himself.
- Materialistic, as in his concern to be paid.
- Impatient, as in his repeated desire to get home.
- Self-confident, as when speaks of his eagerness to go home to his wife.
- Touchy, as when he suspects that the older waiter may be insulting him.
- Occasionally capable of thinking of others, as when the narrator says of him,
- Cruel, as when he tells the old man (who fortunately can't hear) that he should have killed himself.
- His view of life seems shallow, selfish, materialistic, hedonistic, and immature. He seems to think that the world revolves around him and around his needs and desires.
- Perceptive, as when discussing the old man's state of mind.
- Tolerant, as in his attitude toward the old man staying late.
- Knowledgeable, as when he explains the old man's suicide attempt.
- Non-judgmental, as when he doesn't condemn the old man for trying to kill himself.
- Capable of imagining and appreciating immaterial things, such as the old man's soul.
- Capable of humor, as when he jokes with the younger waiter.
- Aware of his own growing loneliness and age.
- Capable of appreciating order and simple pleasures.
- Thoughtful, as when he speculates on the old mna's feelings.
- Courteous, as when he thanks the barman.
- Troubled, as his apparent "insomnia" suggests.
- His view of life seems mature and thoughtful and humane.
- Capable of despair, as his recent suicide attempt suggets
- Financially comfortable (his suicide attempt was not due to a lack of money)
- Lonely, as in the opening scene.
- Clean: the older waiter admires the old man's ability to drink without spilling his liquor.
- Dignified, as in the way he drinks quietly and expects no sympathy.
- Respectful:he fails to pay only when he becomes drunk, not because he deliberately wants to cheat anyone else. He also thanks the young waiter for pouring him a drink.
- Perceptive, as when he senses the transition from daytime to nighttime even though he is blind.
- The old man's view of life seems rooted in the pain of aging and loneliness -- feelings the young waiter cannot yet appreciate but which the older waiter has begun to understand.
The personalities and views of life of the three main characters in Ernest Hemingway's story "A Clean Well-Lighted Place" might briefly be described as follows:
THE YOUNGER WAITER
He did not wish to be unjust. He was only in a hurry.
THE OLDER WAITER
THE OLD MAN
Posted by vangoghfan on September 14, 2011 at 6:47 AM (Answer #1)
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