Hemingway – The Porter

‘The rain made the windows of the train wet so you could not see outside clearly and then it made everything outside look the same anyway.’ Hemingway, The Porter.

The Porter is one of Hemingway’s many short stories. I read this line last night. I think it’s a good example of his use of few words to explain much. I also like that he used a word twice in the same sentence. It may seem a small point to many, but to me it is another lesson from the best. That, to construct a sentence well is important to me. To write it without meaning is a mistake to me. I’d much rather have the sentence read the way I had intended than to use perfect grammar, or follow rules that followers follow. Even if I’m never published I am comfortable knowing my voice is my own.

Cheers.

 

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