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The Short Happy Life of Francis Macomber

The Short Happy Life of Francis Macomber

by Ernest Hemingway

Women and Femininity Quotes

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Quote #1

She was an extremely handsome and well kept woman of the beauty and social position which had, five years before, commanded five thousand dollars as the price of endorsing, with photographs, a beauty product which she had never used. (1.13)

At one point, Margot's beauty actually earned her quite a bit of money. Now she has money and social clout. But what would happen if she lost those? What would be left?

Quote #2

"Women upset," said Wilson to the tall man. "Amounts to nothing. Strain on the nerves and one thing'n another." (1.37)

To the white hunter, women are just an inconvenience. That does not stop him from having a fling with her, though. He lives life on his terms, and as long as there are no strings attached, he does not care about all the drama.

Quote #3

"Here comes the Memsahib," he said. She was walking over from her tent looking refreshed and cheerful and quite lovely. She had a very perfect oval face, so perfect that you expected her to be stupid. But she wasn't stupid, Wilson thought, no, not stupid. (1.71)

Part of what makes Margot so powerful is that, in addition to being drop dead gorgeous, she is also whip smart. Wilson is surprised, by this, but also maybe a little intrigued?

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