Top 6 Hills Like White Elephants quotes


  • “That's all we do, isn't it—look at things and try new drinks?”

    Jig

    This quote comes right after she finishes telling the man that she is trying to have a fine time. She suddenly realizes the shallow nature of their relationship, which seems more like a pair of tourists traveling together rather than two people in love. At this point, she begins to question whether they are truly in love, but the man ignores her comment as he agrees with her offhandedly.

  • “It's really an awfully simple operation, Jig,' the man said. 'It's not really an operation at all.”

    The American

    The man raises the topic of abortion after commenting about the simple pleasure of the beer, which is a good indicator of how he views the problem of pregnancy. In this quote, he is trying to minimize the nature of the abortion, and trying to define the reality for the girl. Both of his statements are false, and he wouldn’t need to minimize the operation if the girl hadn’t been upset about it. Furthermore, abortions during their time were highly illegal and dangerous operations that often lead to severe infections and even death.

  • “We'll be fine afterward. Just like we were before.”

    The American

     It is difficult to understand whether he’s trying to convince himself or the girl since she is quite certain about the contrary of his statement. The American indicates through his behavior that he is operating from the belief that their relationship will return to normal since this is the only thing that has ever upset them. It is a false belief since the abortion has already strained their relationship significantly and it has made the girl question the nature of their relationship at the very least.

  • "Would you please please please please please please please stop talking?”

    Jig

    This quote from the girl is all the more powerful because it runs counter to Hemingway’s sparse style of narration. Hemingway chooses to include redundancy for effect since these seven pleases indicate her statement far more as an entreaty rather than a simple request. Yet, the man cannot help himself as he chooses to continue speaking to her.