A non-commissioned officer, roughly equivalent to a staff sergeant or warrant officer in English-speaking armies.
Anis del Toro
More commonly called “anisette:” a liqueur made by distilling the seed of the anis plant; it tastes like licorice.
A lamp in which the light source is an electric arc either between carbon rods or between electrodes in a xenon gas container.
A flagman who is responsible for placing pointed sticks with flags on the ends in the bull’s shoulders.
Non-alcoholic malt beverage produced by Anheuser-Busch from 1916 to 1929.
Word of Swahili origin meaning “big boss.”
A glass of wine.
Species of antelope native to eastern and southern Africa often hunted for its meat.
Italian word for brotherhood.
Cocktail made of gin or vodka and lime juice.
French word for drunkenness.
Riding pants flared at the thigh and fitted tightly from knee to ankle.
Brand of powdered milk developed before World War II by Borden.
Species of poplar also known as “Black poplar,” native to Europe, southwest and central Asia, and northwest Africa.
French word for brandy.
The main performer in a bullfight who wields a cape and sword and eventually kills the bull.
A combination of the English word “ma’am” and the Arabic word “sahib,” which came into common usage under the British Raj in India to refer to female members of the establishment class. It has definite colonialist connotations.
A soldier assigned to a commissioned officer as a servant.
Unit of the former currency of Spain.
A lancer on horseback who tests the bull’s strength using a spear in order to reveal the animal’s particular strong and weak points to the matador.
A technique used by the matador in which the cape is swirled around his waist like a skirt.
A German term of endearment meaning “my treasure.”
Any physical sign of a creature in the wild such as tracks, droppings, or other bodily fluids.
A technique used by the matador in making a pass at the bull.
Species of African antelope.
A window or hatchway closed by a grating or small door, in this case, connecting the kitchen with the lunch-counter area.
Nervous, from the British term "to get the wind up."
Short Stories of Ernest Hemingway Questions and Answers
The Question and Answer section for Short Stories of Ernest Hemingway is a great
resource to ask questions, find answers, and discuss the novel.
There is one symbol of hope in the story. At the beginning of the narrator’s conversation with the old man, the birds the old man was looking after were referred to as “pigeons,” but by the end of the story, they become “doves,” symbols of peace...
The old man at the bridge is a victim of circumstances. He has no politics, and yet, his world has been torn apart by a war he takes no sides in. He has nowhere to go, everyone from his village left before him. The old man stayed to care for the...