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happens to be Al’s ham and eggs. “Not only do the Killers acquiesce to George in accepting the short orders instead of the ‘big dinner,’ but they accept, without question, the food that they did not order.”(Houston 27) This can also be seen as more evidence into the fact that the killers are Mafia hit men. A Mafia hit man would be so accustomed to taking orders that he wouldn’t think anything of taking what was given to him by the waiter. Most likely he doesn’t even remember what he ordered because he has something else on his mind, something far more important. However, it can be also be seen as a flaw in the killers performance with the waiter. This could be attributed to inexperience or possibly even a momentary flash of confusion. The rest of the time that the

killers spent in the diner is consistent with that of a Mafia hit man, showing us that in all likelihood the were Mafia hit men. There were also several instances of symbolism in the killer’s lines. When Al asks the waiter “‘Got anything to drink?’”(Hemingway 13) He thinks Al is asking for a soda or even water. When Al asks again “I mean you got anything to drink?” (Hemingway 13) we are led to believe that Al is accustomed to a lifestyle where alcohol is not a prohibited substance. We can see that Al and Max are mixed up in the type of people who have their own little corner of the town where the police have no value. This was quite typical of a mobster’s lifestyle. When Max asks Al “‘This is a hot town, What do they call it?’” (Hemingway 13) we can

interpret another case of symbolism. Max’s reference to Summit as a “hot town” hints us to a darker side of the town. The town could very well be a booming area that is prime for a mobster to move in. His reference to summit could mean that the town is a golden opportunity for the Mafia or sarcasm for a small, dismal town. Hemingway’s “The Killer’s” is a story that has been analyzed for a long time. However, the simplest critique would reveal that this story is Hemingway’s own view of the era of the mobster. With Nick Adams relating very strongly to the sheltered youngster or possibly Hemingway himself. “That is, the hero-a boy, as in ‘The Killer’s’-discovers something about the nature of evil, and tries to find some way of coming to terms with his

discovery.”(Brooks, Warren 344) This story may have been the result of Hemingway’s own “initiation” or his discovery of something about the “nature of evil” in the life of the big city. Hemingway also disagrees with the idea of conformity, having everyone just go with the flow. His personal opinion is that of Nick, not wanting to see such disregard for the law go unpunished, yet he is surrounded with people who just want to mind their own business. Bibliography ? Brooks, Cleanth Jr. and Warren, Robert Penn. “The Killer’s.” Understanding Fiction. New York: F.S. Croft and Company. 1944. 344-350 ? Geimer, Roger. “The Killer’s.” MasterPlots II: Short Story Criticism. Ed. Frank N. Magill. Vol. 3. Pasadena: Salem, 1986. 1259-1261 ? Hemingway, Ernest. “The

Killer’s.” Detective Fiction Crime and Compromise. Ed. Allen, Dick and Chacko, David. New York: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, Inc. 1974. 12-19 ? Houston, Neal B. “Hemingway’s Nervous Killers”. 25-28 ? Taube, Myron. “The Nada and Plato’s Cave.” College English Association Critic. May. 1964: 5-7