What is the significance of the setting in Hemingway's short story "In Another Country"?

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The descriptions of setting that Hemingway employs from the beginning of the story hint of the story's dark themes. "It was a cold fall and the wind came down from the mountains" situates the opening scene, as do the animal carcasses hanging "stiff and heavy and empty" outside the shops in the streets the narrator walks. The narrator notes that the days are short and "the dark came very early." The setting of the fall, and the dark, with visual associations of death surrounding him (he also notes that funeral processions often began from the hospital's courtyard), creates a bleak environment in which to summon the will to heal and return to a life interrupted by war.

The story's title is symbolic; the narrator is an American marooned in a Milanese hospital and is not well enough to return home or to the front. Both places represent an uncertain future. He lives in a state of limbo, a symbolic "other" country as he waits to recover physically and emotionally from the war that has injured...

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