Summary and Analysis Chapters 8 and 9
When Hemingway gave up writing journalism to concentrate on writing fiction, he gave up a significant portion of his income. It had reached the point that he was even skipping meals, telling Hadley that he was dining with friends, when in actuality he was not eating at all so as to leave more food for her. He reflects on the effect of hunger on artists such as Cezanne, driving them to further heights of creativity. He endeavors to let his hunger do the same for him, avoiding place where the smell of food could distract him as he wrote. Sylvia Beach, however, has an inkling that he is hungry. He pleads that he was merely concentrating on his work, but she sees through him. Compassionately, she does not...
(The entire section is 947 words.)