The story of “Short Life of Francis Macomber” is filled with many unsaid tensions, fears, desires, and attractions between the characters. The narrative is given in a third person omniscient with some instances of unreliable interior monologue presentation through the perspective of the two key male characters; Francis Macomber and Robert Wilson. At the moment in the narrative the unsaid words of Macomber, “He is a good lion, isn’t he?” became unclear to me; however, later in the narrative, the concept was elaborated.
From these unsaid words, I could not understand why Margot, Macomber’s wife cook only look at these men as stranger whereas on was his husband Macomber and his friend. However, later in the narrative, it becomes clear that Margot’s worry and strange look resulted from her disbelief. “Francis Macomber was very tall, very well built if you did not mind that length of bone, dark, and his hair cropped like an oarsman, rather thin-lipped, and was considered handsome. He was dressed in the same sort of safari clothes that Wilson wore except that he was new, he was thirty-five years old, kept himself very fit, was good at court games, had some big-game fishing records.”
From the above quote, it is clear that we get to understand why Margot stared at the conversing men with a strange thought and looked. The quote is providing a glimpse of what people perceived Macomber to be. The man Macomber is a good-looking and sporty man; however, his new clothes made him unique among others. These clothes are too crisp and clean; therefore, instead of resembling a seasoned hunter, Macomber looks like a model in Ralph Lauren Commercial. This was the reason as to why his wife stared at them as if he doesn’t know him.
In the short story, characters like Margot keep their thoughts and feelings silent with the aim of investigating the truth or as a concern of disbelief caused. However, the feeling is revealed in the physical appearance, body cues, and facial expressions. This gives a chance to the other people to read the sentiments on the faces and make interpretations without a mention of words.
Hemingway, E. (1984). The Short Happy Life of Francis Macomber and Other Stories. Text and Study Aids. Ernst Klett Sprachen.