From which point of view is the story "A Day's Wait" narrated? 

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Ernest Hemingway's "A Day's Wait" is told from the first person point of view: the father relates the tale. Moreover, it is he who inadvertently effects the boy's mistake of measuring his temperature in Celsius rather than in Fahrenheit.

Because his son Schatz has attended school in France, he believes his temperature is 102 degrees Fahrenheit. Moreover, having heard at school that a person cannot live with a temperature of 44 degrees the boy determines that he will die after he overhears the physician. Unfortunately, the father has not realized this confusion in poor Schatz's mind. In fact, the boy is never the same:

He had been waiting to die all day, ever since nine o'clock in the morning.

The father's casual treatment of his son's temperature, along with his point of view has led the boy to adopt a courageous determination in his wait for death.

Thus, this "local color" short story of Hemingway, presents a "slice of life" short story that in its depiction helps to heighten the broader applications that emerge from this story.

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