Hills Like White Elephants
by Ernest Hemingway
The Train Station and the Luggage
Symbolism, Imagery, Allegory
These are symbols of bodies in motion, of travel and maybe even transience. Since the man and Jig's suitcases have stickers that give a record of their travels, the luggage can be seen as a map of the journey that brought them to this point. The train station is a midpoint between that time and the future time that they will move toward on the train. Train stations, airports, bus stations, and ports, when found in stories, give us the sense of transition, of being between worlds, between experiences.