Excerpt from "A Soldier's Home"

by Ernest Hemingway, (1926)


"Is that all?" Krebs said.

"Yes. Don't you love your mother dear boy?"

"No," Krebs said.

His mother looked at him across the table. Her eyes were shiny. She started crying.

"I don't love anybody," Krebs said.

It wasn't any good. He couldn't tell her, he couldn't make her see it. It was silly to have said it. He had only hurt her. He went over and took hold of her arm. She was crying with her head in her hands.

"I didn't mean it," he said. "I was just angry at something. I didn't mean I didn't love you."

His mother went on crying. Krebs put his arm on her shoulder.

"Can't you believe me, mother?"

His mother shook her head.

"Please, please, mother. Please believe me."

"All right," his mother said chokily. She looked up at him. "I believe you, Harold."

Krebs kissed her hair. She put her face up to him.


Ernest Hemingway wrote “A Soldier’s Home” in 1926 after he returned from Europe where he was an ambulance driver during World War I. This short story captures the essence of what most soldiers experience when the come home from war.  Master Hemingway understood Post Traumatic Stress Disorder 60 years before this affliction entered our Lexicon. Every soldier should read this story before going off to war and every family member should have a copy in mind when their soldiers return. TLC





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