Welcome to the eighth short story of the month!
Books, cats, rain, and a steaming hot cup of tea are a few of my favourite things.
Come July, it is also Ernest Hemingway’s birthday. It falls on 21st July and one of his short stories beautifully combines two of my favourite things: rain and cats.
Cat in the Rain is a perfect, short read for a rainy day.
What is the story about?
Oh where do I even begin summarising this story? Hemingway’s use of the iceberg theory is well known and perhaps the most widely taught writing theory in creative writing classes. So, it is hard to summarise or pin point what any of Hemingway’s story is about since there can be infinite interpretations. Layers and layers are stitched together in all his stories’ clipped and succinct sentences.
But essentially the story is about an American couple staying in a hotel somewhere in Italy. One day, it begins to rain and the wife, who is simply known as ‘American wife’ spots a cat trying to hide from the rain under a green table.
The woman is then seized with a sudden need to save the cat and also own one. She expresses her desire to get a kitty so that she can have one sitting on her lap purring while she strokes its fur.