How would I compare the attitudes of the younger and older waiter toward the old man in "A Clean, Well-Lighted Place"?
Using Hemingway's own words, the young waiter is "the waiter who was in a hurry," while the old waiter is the "unhurried waiter." That is, the young waiter exists in the present tense of his youth; he does not sympathize with the old man as does the older waiter. The waiter in a hurry wants the old man to leave so that he can go home to his wife; he has a full life that leaves him no time to contemplate existential questions as do the old man and the older waiter. The older waiter tells the other waiter,
"You have youth, confidence, and a job," the older waiter said."You have everything....."
"I am of those who like to stay late at the cafe," the older waiter said..... "With all those who do not want to go to bed....
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