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Unformatted text preview: alone in suffering. The older character believes that it was all nothing and a man was a nothing too [and it] was only that and light was all it needed and a certain cleanness and order (Hemingway 159). Like the old man, the older waiter is lonely and understands needing a clean, well-lighted place to spend his lonely nights, drinking until dawn (Hemingway 160). Juxtaposed with the two older men, the young waiter comes across as cruel and unfeeling. The older waiter looks back on his own life and realizes the pettiness of his youthful endeavors, and acknowledges that he had lived [life] and never felt it (Hemingway 159). The older waiter separates himself from his younger counterpart, as they are of two different kinds, and indentifies himself with the old man....
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