Discuss the use of dialogue in Hemingway's "A Clean Well-lighted Place" and how point of view complements the use of dialogue.

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Dialogue predominates the story in Hemingway's "A Clean Well-Lighted Place." The dialogue is almost exclusively between the two waiters--the waiter with a wife who is in a hurry and the old waiter who is not in a hurry--except for when the old man asks for more brandy and "A little more" and "Another" and says, "Thank you." Since there is this predominance, much of what we know about the waiters comes through the dialogue, although the narrator does contribute important character and story information, such as the above description of the waiters and such as the narrator’s indications that they were experienced and shrewd since "they kept watch on" the old man because "they knew that if he became too drunk he would leave without paying."

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