When Hemingway first came to the attention of critics and the reading public, it was his technique, his method of writing that fascinated. His prose was described as “stripped” and “stark”. The adverbs and adjectives were missing. The prose verged on simplistic. The sentences were relatively short and declarative. The writing was visual, full of concrete sense details.
He spent very little time telling the reader what his characters were feeling or thinking. And yet the reader knew what his characters were feeling and thinking.
Because he used description as exposition. By presenting what his characters said, did, their mannerisms, their reactions and the physical world they lived in, Hemingway was able to project the inner world of his characters on to the movie screen of his readers’ imaginations.
Description is exposition.
It’s 7:30 a.m. and the Old Soldier is on duty.
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- Hemingway on “The Lady Poets” (theparisreview.org)
- A Nude Woman And The Secret To Writing Great Flash Fiction (pittsburghflashfictiongazette.com)
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