What sentences establish the style of "A Clean, Well-Lighted Place" by Hemingway? What is distinctive about them?

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It is always the opening sentences that set the style of well written literature. In this case, the opening sentences include the narration and dialogue as in this excerpt from the opening narration and dialogue:

The two waiters inside the cafe knew that the old man was a little drunk, and while he was a good client they knew that if he became too drunk he would leave without paying, so they kept watch on him.

"Last week he tried to commit suicide," one waiter said.

"Why?"

"He was in despair."

The distinctive diction techniques here are Hemingway's trademarks found in all his major works. The story is written in the style of minimalism in which...

(The entire section contains 327 words.)

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