The author uses many terms to represent the tension between the couple. Hot is one such a term
“It was very hot and the express from Barcelona would come in forty minutes.” Here, the tension
is in that while the girl wants to give birth to a baby, the man wants her to abort. The tension is
further seen where the girl says, "…everything tastes of licorice. Especially all the things you've
waited so long for, like absinthe." This serves to show the man as selfish and wanting the party
life they had had before pregnancy.
While the girl symbolizes the vulnerability and inexperience of youth, the American man
shows strong character. The girl asks many questions which show she cannot make decisions on
her own. She asks what they should drink. This shows the depiction of women in the society at
that time as inferior to men.
Hemingway uses the new drink called Anis del Toro at the train station to show that the
baby belongs to the American man as the words Anis del Toro are Spanish for the seed of the bull.
He makes the girl, one of the characters to describe the baby as an elephant, which is seen as both
a blessing and a burden. The man tries persuading the girl by telling her that abortion is “…an
awfully simple operation.” The fact that the girl looks at the legs of the table implies she is not
comfortable. She reaches the bead string which shows she is connected to the baby and tells the
man that the abortion will not make them happy and that “everything is not going to be alright”.
The man tells her not to abort if she does not want to do it, but that she should actually do
it. He uses reverse psychology so that he cannot be blamed for the abortion if it is done. The girl,
however, says that if she procures an abortion, it will be because of him and would mean she does
not care about herself. This shows she wants to bear the baby. She is now decided. She walks to
the tree fields at the end of the station. These are representative of the life of the child. She says to