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The Killers

The Killers

by Ernest Hemingway

Ole Andreson Timeline and Summary

  • We find out that the killers intend to kill Ole Andreson, a "big Swede."
  • When Nick gets to the boarding house, we see that Ole is an ex-heavyweight prizefighter. He’s lying on the bed, fully clothed.
  • At hearing what Nick has to say, he simply turns his head toward the wall and says that there’s nothing he can do about it.
  • He explains that the men weren’t bluffing but that he doesn’t want to leave town, as he’s finished "with all that running around."
  • Although he’s resigned himself to the fact that he will be killed, he can’t seem to bring himself to leave the boarding house.
  • Ole also tells Nick that he doesn’t want to involve the police, either.
  • Still turned to the wall, he thanks Nick Adams before the young man leaves.
  • Back at the diner, the men conclude that Ole must have gotten mixed up with something back in Chicago.

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