In literature, crossroads often represent a situation in which a character needs to make a crucial decision—just as the character must choose a physical path, they must symbolically choose a life path. In this story the couple’s prolonged stay at a train station beside the Ebro river plays such a symbolic role. Their wait at the train station suggests a stage of suspension, the sense of things coming to an intolerable standstill until they resolve whether or not to get an abortion and, accordingly, which direction their relationship will go next.
The Train Station Quotes in Hills Like White Elephants
He did not say anything but looked at the bags against the wall of the station. There were labels on them from all the hotels where they had spent nights.
He drank an Anis at the bar and looked at the people. They were all waiting reasonably for the train.