Hunters in the Snow


Tobias Wolff

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Woman With Sleeping Child Character Analysis

This woman, who is pale and sweating, is sitting by a smoking stove in the farmhouse with a sleeping child on her lap. Presumably, she is the farmer’s wife but she is never explicitly referred to in these terms. Other than giving Tub and Frank directions for a shortcut to the hospital, the only time this woman speaks is when she tells the farmer that he is too weak to shoot his dying, suffering dog. This intolerance for and heartless exposure of weakness parallels the preying on each other’s flaws that characterizes the Tub, Frank, and Kenny’s relationships with each other.
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Woman With Sleeping Child Character Timeline in Hunters in the Snow

The timeline below shows where the character Woman With Sleeping Child appears in Hunters in the Snow. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
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Friendship and Cruelty Theme Icon
Narcissism, Neglect, and the Dereliction of Duty Theme Icon
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In the farmhouse, there is a woman with a sleeping child. While Frank goes away to phone the ambulance, Tub confesses to... (full context)
Narcissism, Neglect, and the Dereliction of Duty Theme Icon
...that the nearest hospital is fifty miles away and there are no available ambulances. The woman gives them some directions for a shortcut, which Tub writes down. The farmer tells them... (full context)