The Short Happy Life of Francis Macomber
by Ernest Hemingway
Francis Macomber Timeline and Summary
- The Macombers are drinking gimlets with Wilson, and Macomber can't drop the subject of his failure to go after a lion he was hunting.
- To make up for his cowardice, Wilson and Macomber make plans to shoot a buffalo the next day.
- Later that afternoon, Wilson and Macomber go out to shoot impala; Macomber has some success.
- That night after dinner Macomber goes over the events of the day. Lying alone in his tent, he thinks of how disgusted his wife is with him.
- Hey, now that we think of it, where is his wife? She's gone until 3am, when she returns to their tent having been with Wilson.
- At breakfast in the morning, the Macombers and Wilson discuss the day's hunt.
- They all set off to hunt buffalo.
- Macomber hits some buffalo but must finish the job. He feels untold joy. His hunting success has made him a changed man.
- But then, as he shoots the charging buffalo to finish the beast off, Margot finishes him off instead, shooting her husband from the back of the nearby car.