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In Ernest Hemingway's short story "A Clean, Well-Lighted Place," why does the older waiter replace words in the Lord's Prayer with the word nada ?  

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In Ernest Hemingway’s short story “A Clean Well-Lighted Place,” the older waiter, at the end of the story, contemplates a personal version of the Lord’s Prayer that emphasizes the idea of nothingness:

Our nada who art in nada, nada be thy name thy kingdom nada thy will be nada in nada as it is in nada. Give us this nada our daily nada and nada us our nada as we nada our nadas and nada us not into nada but deliver us from nada . . . .

This skewed version of the prayer is significant for a number of reasons, including the following:

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