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The Killers

The Killers

by Ernest Hemingway

Appearances Quotes

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Quote #1

"I’ll have a roast pork tenderloin with apple sauce and mashed potatoes," the first man said.

"It isn’t ready yet."

"What the hell do you put it on the card for?" (6-8)

This is the first case of false appearances that we get in the story. The menu lists food that isn’t really available. Yes, this is trivial, but it’s easing us into this theme.

Quote #2

George looked at the clock on the wall behind the counter.

"It’s five o’clock."

"The clock says twenty minutes past five," the second man said.

"It’s twenty minutes fast." (10-13)

And right away we’re hit with the second instance – the clock reads one time when it is in fact another. More false appearances, more "seeming."

Quote #3

"This is a hot town," said the other. "What do they call it?"

"Summit." (26-7)

The town’s name is deceptive; far from being a peak of any sort, the town is a veritable valley of deadened passivity.

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