Throughout the story the girl and the man sit drinking outside the train station bar where the woman is their waitress. Throughout the man and the girl’s conversation about whether to get an abortion, the woman comes and goes bringing them beer and liquor. The woman speaks only Spanish, though Hemingway writes her words as English, and the man must translate the woman’s words for the girl. This situation requiring the man’s translation for the girl characterizes the relationship between the man and the girl and the man’s position of power over her.
The timeline below shows where the character The Woman (the Waitress) appears in Hills Like White Elephants. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Hills Like White Elephants