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In "A Day's Wait," Hemingway tells the story in his typically straight forward though somewhat detached style with little emotional embellishment for the most part. Though the son is suffering from the effects of the flu, the narrator treats the it as just another day. Like the weather outside, the mood inside is coldly serious. The father attempts to lighten the mood, since he realizes his son is concerned about his illness, and the father senses that his son is hiding some underlying fear; however, he fails to discover the boy's true concern until the end.
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