Explain the setting of the story old man at the bridge

Explain the setting of the story old man at the bridge

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    The story, The old man at the bridge, by Ernest Hemingway is set against the backdrop of the Spanish Civil War of the 1930s. The setting of the story is a bridge in wartime Spain with an elderly stranger. The story starts with a description of the 72 year old man sitting at a bridge. The narrator of the story, who is the news reporter, was in charge to check the advancement of the enemy on a pontoon bridge. He saw the old man there, looking tired to walk any further and asked him about his life. The old man said that he was from San Carlos and that he had his pets as his family, which consisted of two goats, a cat and eight pigeons. The old man was evidently worried about his animals as he had to leave them behind in order to flee. He told the reporter that he was not worried about the cat as they would look after themselves but what would happen to the pigeons and the goats. He told the reporter that he was not worried about the cat as it would look after itself but what would happen to the pigeons amd the goats. The narrator consoled him by saying that the pigeons will be able to take care of themselves by flying away. However the future of the goats were not known. The narrator requested the man to get up and try to walk but the old man could not answer amd so sat down in the dust. The narrator then mentioned it was Easter Sunday and a cloudy day indeed.

    Summary of the Short Story Old Man at the Bridge

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