In "A Day's Wait" by Ernest Hemingway, how does the father sense Schatz's fear?

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The father senses his son’s fear through his behavior and the words he says toward the end of the story. Schatz is sick with fever. His father calls in the doctor who says that his temperature is “one hundred and two.” The doctor also leaves behind different kinds of medicine to combat various aspects of his illness: “One to bring down the fever, another a purgative, and the third to overcome an acid condition.” The medicines are supposed to be taken at intervals of time; thus, Schatz’s father stays around his room to monitor his progress and to give the medicine at the required time. While staying in his son’s room, he reads to him loudly from a book but realizes that Schatz is not following his words. Instead, Schatz is staring fixedly at a point at “the foot of the bed” in a rather weird manner. The boy looks very pale and has “dark areas under his eyes.” The father asks him to try to sleep, but Schatz states that he prefers to remain awake. He even asks his father to leave him alone “if it is going to bother him.” These are quite strange comments coming from a sick boy. It seems that Schatz is scared of something, which his father cannot quite make out. His father goes outside for a walk and comes back later to read his temperature which now stands at “one hundred and two and four tenths.” Schatz thinks that his temperature is terribly high, so that when his father asks him to “take it easy” he “looks straight ahead as if he is holding onto himself about something.” Finally, he asks his father how long it would take for him to die, and his father understands what has been troubling the boy. It seems that Schatz does not know the difference between Fahrenheit and Celsius, thus, when the doctor says that he has a temperature of “one hundred and one,” he thinks that the doctor means “one hundred and one degrees Celsius.” He knows that an individual cannot stay alive with such a high temperature and thus has “been waiting to die all day.”

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Schatz's father doesn't seem to have a clue just how worried his son is about the influenza from which he is suffering until late in the story. The father, who narrates the story, does see that the boy "seemed very detached from what was going on"; and that, instead of trying to sleep, Schatz stared "at the foot of the bed, looking very strangely." When Schatz tells his father that

"You don't have to stay in here with me, Papa, if it bothers you..."

the father simply attributes it to the boy being "lightheaded." Instead of staying with his son, the father decides to spend some time outside hunting, where he "flushed a covey of quail." When he returned from hunting, the father found his son in "exactly the position I had left him."

He was evidently holding tight onto himself about something.

It is only after Schatz asks "About how long will it be before I die" that the father recognizes the seriousness of Schatz's fears. Still, the father does not know the true reason until Schatz explains about his misunderstanding of his temperature: The doctor's diagnosis was in Fahrenheit, not the Centigrade scale as Schatz had wrongly assumed. Afterward assuring Schatz that he will not die, the father notices the next day that

... he cried very easily at little things that were of no importance.

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