Sunday, October 18, 2009

A Day's Wait Summary

"A Day's Wait" is a story by Ernest Hemingway where an American boy named Schatz is living in France gets a fever. The boy acts as though nothing is wrong, however, the narrator who is also the father calls a doctor to diagnose Schatz. When the doctor goes to the boy's house, he takes his temperature and finds out Schatz has a fever of one hundred and two. The rest of the entire day the boy stays in his room, not moving from his same spot. The narrator, after going out for a little while, returns home to find Schatz in the same spot he left him. The boy asks his father when he will die, and the father is shocked and asks Schatz why he believes he is dying. Schatz says he heard at school in France that a person can not live with a fever of more than forty-four and he has been waiting to die the whole day. The narrator is relieved and explains to the boy the difference between Celsius and Fahrenheit.

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