In Hemingway's short story "A Long Day's Wait," the mood on the part of the young boy is that of anxiousness. Schatz, a nine year old boy, spends the day lying in bed waiting to die. The doctor has told his Papa that he has a temperature of one hundred and two. The boy overhears the comment and believes that temperature means he will die. Later on in the story, the reader discovers that Schatz has confused Celsius with Fahrenheit when he tells his father that the boys in France told him "you can't live with forty-four degrees." Thus, Schatz spends the day anxious and fearful, wondering just when he will die.
On the other hand, the father tries to read to Schatz, and when the boy doesn't respond to the Pirate book, Papa decides to go out hunting, leaving the boy alone. Though the father is not completely indifferent, he appears distant to the boy's fears, perhaps even a bit cold. The story ends with the boy crying over little things the following day. It appears the father may be a bit disappointed in the lack of the young boy's manhood.