Writing Process:

1. Active reading-- includes taking notes, using a symbol system you developed. Looking up words you don’t know.
2. Journaling—gets out thoughts you’ve had while reading Generate the important questions: Should relate to at least one of our elements of a story. (plot, setting, character, tone, mood, etc.) Example from “Hills Like White Elephants:” “How does Hemingway use space and setting in HLWE?”
3. After journaling… finding evidence. Look for quotes from the text that relate to your question. In HLWE, because it’s a very short story, find anything you can. Accumulate as much as you can- a “bank of evidence”.   Starting small—the thesis will be the answer to this question.
4. Write the question at the top of the page, fill in the quotes.
5. Introduce your quotes, only ONE way to introduce them.
5a. Provide context for the quote
5b. It must be an independent clause (a sentence that can stand by itself). Don’t say “she says”.   When Bob goes to the store. VS. Bob goes to the store.
5c. End in a colon.
At the climax of their conversation Jig looks at the bead curtains as a place of comfort:” He went through the bead curtain. She was sitting at the table and smiled at him.” (p.278)

After the couple’s argument explodes, the man cannot look Jig in the eye: “He did not say anything but looked at the bags against the wall of the station. There were labels on them from all the hotels where they had spent nights.” (277)

Jig turns her back on the conversation after agreeing to have the operation: “The girl stood up and walked to the end of the station. Across, on the other side, were fields of grain and trees along the banks of the Ebro” (p.276).

Arguing over the operation, both the American and the girl seek a way out of the conversation: “’Would you please please please please please please please please stop talking.’ He did not say anything but looked at the bags against the wall of the station.”

When Jig needs to leave the...