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The Short Happy Life of Francis Macomber

The Short Happy Life of Francis Macomber

by Ernest Hemingway

Marriage Quotes Page 2

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Quote #4

Margot looked at them both and they both saw that she was going to cry. Wilson had seen it coming for a long time and he dreaded it. Macomber was past dreading it. (1.35)

Macomber is clearly used to the tears, but Wilson can't deal. It's a rare vulnerable moment for Margot, but it creates ripple-like reactions in the men. Notice that Macomber does not try to comfort his wife. He just lets her run off, upset.

Quote #5

"No," said Macomber. "I suppose that I rate that for the rest of my life now." (1.38)

Macomber anticipates that Margot will be punishing him for a good long time. He knows his wife, and she is more than just "a strain on the nerves," as Robert puts it. But Wilson has never had to deal with a wife. He doesn't know what it's like to face the same person day in and day out.

Quote #6

Then he felt embarrassed at asking it and before Macomber could answer he went on, "We all take a beating every day, you know, one way or another." (1.58)

Wilson makes a half-hearted attempt to console Macomber. Sure, everyone is punished in some way, but not everyone is punished by Margot. She has a uniquely tough approach.