by Ernest Hemingway
Analysis: Steaminess Rating
Exactly how steamy is this story?
There might not be any sex in this story, but it is not for the easily-squeamish. We may not get graphic depictions of the Indian woman's labor and the operation (Nick censors it for us by looking away), or of her husband's suicide, but they are still present in the story. If this were a movie, there would be blood, and lots of it. Oh and there's also, you know, unsettling emotions regarding suicide and a shattering awakening to the reality of death. That seems to be the real disturbing bit.