The Three Day Blow


Ernest Hemingway

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Nick’s Father Character Analysis

Nick’s father is a doctor who claims to have never consumed alcohol in his life. Nick and Bill agree that Nick’s father has “missed a lot” from his sensible life choices. These types of life choices are exactly what Nick and especially Bill worry will drain the meaning from their lives. Nick’s worry about living a sensible life is what pushes him to break things off with Marjorie, despite being in love with her.

Nick’s Father Quotes in The Three Day Blow

The The Three Day Blow quotes below are all either spoken by Nick’s Father or refer to Nick’s Father. 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 Simon and Schuster edition of The Three Day Blow published in 1987.
The Three-Day Blow Quotes

“He claims he's never taken a drink in his life,” Nick said […].

“Well, he's a doctor. My old man's a painter. That's different.”

“He's missed a lot,” Nick said sadly.

“You can't tell,” Bill said. “Everything's got its compensations.”

“He says he's missed a lot himself,” Nick confessed.

“Well, dad’s had a tough time.” Bill said.

“It all evens up,” Nick said.

They sat looking into the fire and thinking of this profound truth.

Related Characters: Nick (speaker), Bill (speaker), Bill’s Father, Nick’s Father
Page Number: 89
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Nick’s Father Character Timeline in The Three Day Blow

The timeline below shows where the character Nick’s Father appears in The Three Day Blow. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
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...whisky, he muses about his own father, who doesn’t drink. Bill is unsurprised, noting that Nick’s father is a doctor, while his own father is a painter, saying “that’s different.” Nick still... (full context)