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Cat in the Rain by Ernest Hemingway summary - Ernest Hemingway Cat in the Rain (short story collection)

Updated on September 1, 2012

Ernest Hemmingway, short stories

Cat in the Rain by Ernest Hemingway summary

Two Americans, a man and his wife, arrive at a hotel. It is probably somewhere in Italy, because their hotel faces the sea and some persons speak Italian.

Cat in the Rain

The wife calls the husband “George”, whereas the name of the wife remains unknown.
The wife stands in front of the window and gazes out of the street when she suddenly spots a cat in the rain. She somehow wants the kitty very badly and tells her husband George that she will go down to the street to get the cat. She meets the hotelkeeper which is a charming older guy and a friendly maid, who holds an umbrella for the wife (the maid was sent by the hotelkeeper).

When she gets out looking for the cat she can’t find it and so, returns without a cat back in her hotel room. George is still reading his book and the wife goes into the bathroom and thinks about her hair. Which is quite short (like a boy) and tells her husband that she wants to have long hair and suddenly, many other suppressed desires arise, such as having her own silver cutlery, her own candles, to brush her long hair in front of a mirror, new clothes, “to be the spring” and a kitty. Her husband doesn’t seem to take this seriously as he only tells her to shut up and get something to read. Still, she wants to have a kitten, but at that time the husband wasn’t listening anymore.

And just right after she said this, someone knocked the door. The husband tells the person to come in and it was the maid who was holding the kitty the wife wanted so much.


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      Slaven Cvijetic 4 years ago from Switzerland, Zurich

      Hello Pavlo! Thank your for commenting on my hub and even sharing it!! We didn't go into too much detail with Hemingway. It was more of a self-organized learning project and a group had to hold a lesson about him. Thanks!!

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      Pavlo Badovskyi 4 years ago from Kyiv, Ukraine

      As I was a student we wrote many research works devoted to his books. The most popular topics were something like "Researching of freqiency of words describing colours" in his novels and stories. Somehow it was very popular. I can not say that I liked everythig he wrote. His "Fiesta" is beyond my uderstandig :-) but I like "The Old Man And The Sea". Great hub. Shared!

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      Slaven Cvijetic 4 years ago from Switzerland, Zurich

      I liked Hemingway too, but I am more into other writers ;). Thanks for your nice comment!

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      kylesanderson 4 years ago

      I love Hemingway. I think he was completely underrated thanks to the likes of Faulkner. He is one of my favorite writers, and I think he would have been happy to see this hub. Voted Up.

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      Slaven Cvijetic 5 years ago from Switzerland, Zurich

      How nice to hear you found the café where he was writing! thanks for commenting ;).

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      Mary 5 years ago from Cronulla NSW

      I love some of Hemmingway's work and I was fortunate to find and sit in the cafe he used to write in, in Paris when I visited the beautiful city a couple of years ago...thank you for sharing this great hub...voted up & awesome...cheers