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In The Last Good Country, what is the significance of Nick and Littless going off...

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timl37 | Student, Undergraduate | eNotes Newbie

Posted February 12, 2009 at 7:19 AM via web

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In The Last Good Country, what is the significance of Nick and Littless going off together?

There is great detail of what has taken place causing Nick and his sister to travel off together.  However, I was deeply surprised by the ending.

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farfleman | Student, Undergraduate | eNotes Newbie

Posted February 7, 2010 at 12:48 PM (Answer #1)

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Hemingway never actually finished this story.  It is unclear what happens to Nick and his sister after they run away.  Although Hemingway sometimes leaves room for reader interpretation with his endings, this story is missing a significant portion.  The main themes focus on independence, family relationships, and a young man coming of age.

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mkcapen1 | Middle School Teacher | (Level 3) Valedictorian

Posted February 6, 2010 at 11:59 AM (Answer #2)

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In the story "The Last Good Country" Nick has gotten himself in trouble with the law and has to hide from the law.  He has the support of the community that seems to believe he was in he right.  Even his mother supports his actions and is contrary to the wardens. 

Nick's sister, Littless, is in love with her brother.  She wants to marry him.  She does not relate to the others in the family and wants to be with Nick.  When he defies authority and runs away his sister has to be with him.  They are young and experiencing an awakening, but Nick is more certain that brother and sister are not meant to be man and wife. 

The ending is surprising but like many of Hemingway's stories, he leaves it open for the reader to speculate on his won verses him giving the full details.  If we look deeper into the content of the story and the title, one can relate the government in the story to that of a communist government. 


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troubador | (Level 1) eNoter

Posted February 7, 2010 at 4:30 PM (Answer #3)

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..."The Last Good Story" indicates a 'communist country'? What does that mean? Hemingway was at least bi-polar and was always on the edge in some way ...ulltimately allowing him to kill himself. This story is not a good story because it's "...sound and fury,/signifying nothing" - to quote the Bard. This man had a daughter and lots to do and think about just being a parent- which most parents are for life. Hemingway ended out to be a pretty weak guy, like Macbeth. 

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