Questions for Reading and Discussion

Dr. Watt


Interview, pp. 989-992

  1. Compare to Lawrence on the question of what trying to achieve through fiction.
  2. On page 92, note the famous “shit detector” line; what is he getting at there?


“Hills like White Elephants” (1927), pp. 400-404, and commentary, p. 405

  1. What is absent in this story that you are used to seeing in fiction?
  2. Why has the implied author provided so little information about the past lives and circumstances of the characters?
  3. Comment on the use of dialogue.
  4. What is the significance of the setting?
  5. Does the man seriously try to understand the girl’s feelings about an abortion?  Does she misunderstand his concern?
  6. Has the quarrel been resolved when the story ends?