"A Day's Wait" is a slice of life story. Explain the characteristics of this type of story.Give examples from the story to support your points.
Ernest Hemingway's "A Day's Wait" does fit most of the characteristics of a slice of life story. A typical slice of life story is a short narrative of a specific event--often termed a "cut-out"--that occurs in a person's life, often seemingly insignificant yet somehow meaningful. Many of the normal literary elements found in other styles of fiction--such as exposition, character development and denouement--are often missing in slice of life fiction. In "A Day's Wait," Hemingway has chosen a day in the life of Schatz, who comes down with the flu and, overhearing the doctor's diagnosis, misinterprets the severity of his temperature--confusing the Fahrenheit and Celsius scales. He eventually recovers, but his father finds that he cries "very easily at things that were of no importance." It is a simple tale that occurs over approximately a 24 hour period, with little conflict (other than the boy's unnecessary worries about dying), characterization or plot development. Interestingly, Hemingway probably based this story on a real event from his life, since it presumably takes place in France (where Hemingway lived); and the author's eldest son, Bumby, was nicknamed "Schatz" by his Papa.