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Sunday, December 16, 2007

A Visit from Saint Nicholas in the Ernest Hemingway Manner

James Thurber rewrote "A Visit From Saint Nicholas" in the style of Ernest Hemingway. The piece originally appeared in The New Yorker, December 24, 1927. Here is an excerpt:

It was the night before Christmas. The house was very quiet. No creatures were stirring in the house. There weren't even any mice stirring. The stockings had been hung carefully by the chimney. The children hoped that Saint Nicholas would come and fill them.
The children were in their beds. Their beds were in the room next to ours. Mamma and I were in our beds. Mamma wore a kerchief. I had my cap on. I could hear the children moving. We didn't move. We wanted the children to think we were asleep.

Here is the full piece, posted by The Nostalgia League.

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