A Day's Wait • A man may be destroyed, but not defeated. • 人不是为失败而生的, 你可以摧毁他, 但永远无法打败他。
Warming-up Activities • How much do you know about the writer of the passage ---- Ernest Hemingway? Can you tell us some of his works? • Have you ever been faced with death or danger of life before? If yes, what’s your attitude towards it?
Death and courage are two of the themes that Hemingway often writes about. Essentially, Hemingway thinks of courage as a person's ability to be calm and controlled in the face of death. In this short story, Hemingway shows the feelings of a nine-year-old boy who, through a misunderstanding ,undergoes a shattering experience. This misunderstanding is brought about by what may seem to be a little thing, the fact that different countries use different kinds of medical thermometers. The experience nevertheless is a real crisis for the boy : he thinks he is going to die and has spent a day thinking about his death. However, in facing this crisis, the boy shows no fear and controls his emotions manfully----a mark of courage in Hemingway's sense.