How would you interpret the last sentence?
How would you interpret the last sentence ‘Fear for his soul’?
Why did his niece fear for his soul?
I guess his niece feared for his soul because it’s a sin for a Christian to commit suicide, right?
The excerpt is taken from the short story ‘A Clean, Well-Lighted Place’ written by Ernest Hemingway.
“You should have killed yourself last week,” he said to the deaf man. The old man motioned with his finger. “A little more,” he said. The waiter poured on into the glass so that the brandy slopped over and ran down the stem into the top saucer of the pile. “Thank you,” the old man said. The waiter took the bottle back inside the café. He sat down at the table with his colleague again.
“He’s drunk now,” he said.
“He’s drunk every night.”
“What did he want to kill himself for?”
“How should I know.”
“How did he do it?”
“He hung himself with a rope.”
“Who cut him down?”
“Why did they do it?”
“Fear for his soul.”