A Clean, Well-Lighted Place


Ernest Hemingway

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A Clean, Well-Lighted Place Characters

Old Waiter

The old waiter, the story’s protagonist, is the older of two waiters at a clean, well-lighted café. Hemingway depicts the old waiter as kind, dignified, and wise in his belief that, since life is… read analysis of Old Waiter

Young Waiter

The young waiter, the antagonist of the story, is a server in the café with the old waiter. He is brash and callous toward the old drunk (a patron at the café) because he… read analysis of Young Waiter

Old Drunk

The old drunk is a dignified, elderly deaf man who spends his late nights in the quiet, pleasant café at which the two waiters work. He likes to sit underneath the shadow of the tree… read analysis of Old Drunk