His memory of a fishing trip with Hopkins that never came to fruition represents their discontinued friendship. Making the the way Hopkins made it is his way of honoring Hopkins, although the many years separate him from any deep emotions. It was a good place to camp. If, however, one has read Thoreau's Walden, it is relatively easy to see that Hemingway is portraying Nick Adams' attempt to achieve a bonding with nature that Thoreau, in 1845, was seeking when he decided to live a simple, semi-solitary life at Walden Pond. He did not want to rush his sensations any.
He struck on 4 hoopers. After dinner he makes coffee and has to decide between two ways of making it, but he cannot remember which way is his and which is that of a friend named Hopkins. The trout were still there. Bohn, the Alger, Smith mill, and much of the life of Seney went with it Martin 151; Bohn 195. I can never get enough of Hemingway. On the way to the woods, Nick passes the ruined, gutted, burned-to-the-ground town of Seney.
Nick looked down into the clear, brown water, colored from the pebbly bottom and watched the trout keeping themselves steady in the current with wavering fins. Nature is a living, breathing, presence that Nick merges with to move beyond stress and ill health back to good health and creativity. He takes a calming adventure saturated with calming natural paths over hills, through woodland, and along a river to find peace with himself and to return to his prewar state of mind. With the absence of the town, the river has become incredibly bountiful. He lies down and falls asleep.
The most marked and constant features of that day, and the nights before and after, indicated that brotherly love was absent and that peace on earth was both gone and forgotten. Nick never heard from Hopkins again. Differences in how the world is perceived will allow this individual to stand together, but appear far apart. Our readings of individual stories would also be affected. Further, he can make his own bed that no one can disturb. I was up in some old timbers and it was a case of horse out.
As the slightly reticent Dr. Hey, maybe it's no coincidence that when towards the end of his career, it was in part for another story about a man trying to catch a fish called. Nick can tell his position from the river; the river allows him to engage his emotions for the first time all trip; the river exerts pressure upon him and is dangerous. Now he seems to have returned after a recent fire to what seems more like a fought-over battlefield than a welcoming place of comfort. Nick notices how the trout change positions and push again the swirling current in order to stay steadily on the right track. The White House Hotel building was moved seven miles south to the somewhat newer and considerably more upright town of Germfask, where it became a store Bohn 189.
This story represents a new beginning for Nick, a refreshment of his nature through his separation from the rest of society. These were sporting houses, each allied to a saloon in the business section, where also the spirit of rivalry was carried on. What begins as a really detailed description of a guy trying to catch a fish is actually one of the greatest American short stories of all time. By shifting to the philosophy of pragmatism, Hemingway is able to establish values, morals and live a practical way of life through his work. He follows the river from a distance, for some time, delaying gratification before deciding on a place for his camp. The emotional avoidance is far from ideal, but Nick is wise about knowing himself and processing only as much as he is capable of handling at a given time.
Near the ruins of Seney, the scene of the fertile river with plentiful trout captivates him, and the contrast between the ruins of civilization and the bountiful river suggests that society is linked with destruction. Some attributes, appearance, and ideology may mirror, but no two men are alike. He feels happy and as if he has left everything behind him. He feels his own blood and the horn going through him. He realizes that they are all black. Nick, however, does not go immediately to the river; instead, he gets off the train and pauses on a bridge, watching trout that are far below him in the stream. Started reading him when stationed in Northern Italy.
He was comfortable, except for a mosquito buzzing in his ear. We are back in real time, in the 1919 in which these remaining logs are already timeworn. As he sits against the tree with his legs sprawled out, the reader is reminded of his being shot and propped up against a church. Nick then turns his focus on making camp coffee; he remembers a guy named Hopkins, who considered himself an expert on making camp coffee. Cutting the fragment, as Hemingway did, also has many results. He ate a can of apricots. The black, sooty ruin of Seney represents the atrocities of war and its devastating effect on Nick's psycho-emotional well being.
When he finished, he went down to the river to get water for coffee. Nick guided himself by the sun. How do you handle it? Throughout the fragment, Nick alludes to stories from In Our Time. From here, as he makes his way to the spot where he will camp, he shows his experience, for he already knows the landscape. Joyce was so damn romantic and intellectual about him.
It sets the story's mood, and it deserves our attention. He went outside to make dinner for himself. Seney of New York, had been unlucky enough to lend his name to the budding Gomorrah Martin 128, 130; C. Nick's camp in fern and jack pine has a meaning hidden in the Michigan subtext of the story, for as it happens, both fern and jack pine are opportunistic colonists after fire. Thus, as he camps near them, the fictional Nick is not really out of the fire zone, but in an area in which regrowth after fire is linked with the story's themes of potential death and potential regeneration. If the Hotel White House did not host a saloon, it made no difference.