Indian Camp


Ernest Hemingway

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The Indian Woman’s Husband Character Analysis

The husband of the Indian woman who, when Nick and his father arrive in the shanty, lies prostrate in the bunk above her, nursing a serious axe wound on his foot and smoking a pipe. The story presents the husband as a hapless bystander. He’s deeply pained by his wife’s screams, but is unable to offer her the help she needs. All he can do is stay nearby and witness Nick’s father’s callous yet effective treatment of her. This condition wears on him and, near the end of the story, he slits his own throat with a razor for reasons that remain unknown to the reader, though Nick’s father hypothesizes glibly that it was because he “couldn’t stand things.”

The Indian Woman’s Husband Quotes in Indian Camp

The Indian Camp quotes below are all either spoken by The Indian Woman’s Husband or refer to The Indian Woman’s Husband. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
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). Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Scribner edition of Indian Camp published in 1987.
Indian Camp Quotes

“Ought to have a look at the proud father. They’re usually the worst suffers in these little affairs,” the doctor said. “I must say he took it all pretty quietly.”[…]

The Indian lay with his face toward the wall. His throat had been cut from ear to ear.

Related Characters: Nick’s Father (speaker), The Indian Woman’s Husband
Page Number: 69
Explanation and Analysis:

“Why did he kill himself, Daddy?”

“I don’t know, Nick. He couldn’t stand things, I guess.”


“Is dying hard, Daddy?”

“No, I think it’s pretty easy Nick. It all depends.”

Related Characters: Nick Adams (speaker), Nick’s Father (speaker), The Indian Woman’s Husband
Page Number: 70
Explanation and Analysis:
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The Indian Woman’s Husband Character Timeline in Indian Camp

The timeline below shows where the character The Indian Woman’s Husband appears in Indian Camp. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
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...her birth her child, while the men have moved out of earshot of her screams. Her husband lies on the bunk above, smoking a pipe and nursing an open foot wound he... (full context)