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The young waiter states that the old man has tried to commit suicide before. He cannot seem to figure why because "he had plenty of money" (Hemingway 173). For the young man does not see any other reason for someone to kill himself or herself for any other reason besides money. This old man has not been cared for. The only reason that the old man was not successful in the suicide was because his niece saved him in "fear for his soul." Not for love or because she valued him.
The young waiter thinks that the old man "has no regard for those that work" (Hemingway 174), knowing that he a lot of money. The old man is lonely unlike the young waiter who wanted to go home to his wife. The young waiter pours the drink carelessly with no regard for the old man not realizing the value of the café to the old man. The old man has nowhere to go after dark.
The older waiter can relate to this man, for he has nowhere to go after work. The waiter himself cannot find a clean well-lighted café of his own to pass the night. The old waiter is offended by how the young waiter has treated the old man. "Why didn't you let him stay and drink?"( Hemingway 174) the old waiter says. The old waiter tells the young waiter the he has `youth, confidence and a job, you have everything"(Hemingway 175).
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