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A Day’s Wait: Introduction
A Day’s Wait: Plot Summary
A Day’s Wait: Detailed Summary & Analysis
A Day’s Wait: Themes
A Day’s Wait: Quotes
A Day’s Wait: Characters
A Day’s Wait: Symbols
A Day’s Wait: Theme Wheel
Brief Biography of Ernest Hemingway
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- Full Title: “A Day’s Wait”
- When Written: March-July 1933
- Where Written: Florida and Wyoming
- When Published: October 1933
- Literary Period: Modernism
- Genre: Short story
- Setting: An American family home
- Climax: The young boy asks his father when he’s going to die.
- Antagonist: Miscommunication
- Point of View: First Person
Extra Credit for A Day’s Wait
Father and Sons. Hemingway’s three children, all boys, were born between 1923 and 1931. In the winter of 1932, the oldest boy, nine-year-old John, came down with influenza. The episode likely inspired this story, which his father wrote a few months later.
The Nick Adams Canon. Most scholars believe that the unnamed narrator in “A Day’s Wait” is in fact Hemingway’s returning character Nick Adams. In another story featuring Nick and his son, the boy is also called “Schatz.” Hemingway used the same term of endearment for his own sons.