Who is at fault in "A Very Short Story" by Hemingway?

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No one is at fault in Hemingway's narrative; it is the wartime setting that creates challenges and merely temporal settings for love that is to blame for the separation of the soldier and his nurse, Luz.

"A Very Short Story" reflects Ernest Hemingway's theme of the futility of love during wartime. Therefore, contrary to what Cassius tells Brutus in Julius Caesar,  the fault is, indeed, in the stars, and not in people in wartime. That the war plays a crucial role is indicated in the story as the soldier is called back to the front, but before that, the couple wishes to marry although "there...

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