• “The Snows of Kilimanjaro” is a short story by American author Ernest Hemingway; it was first published in 1936 in Esquire magazine.
• The story opens with an author’s preface explaining that Kilimanjaro, at 19,710 feet, is the highest mountain in Africa; close to the western summit, “there is the dried and frozen carcass of a leopard. No one has explained what the leopard was seeking at that altitude.”
• The story opens with dialogue between a man and another person; we learn in a few paragraphs that the other person is a woman, and that the man believes he will die soon.
• The man and woman sit under a mimosa tree as they watch vultures fly in circles overhead; the man wonders aloud whether they have come because they see he is helpless or if they can smell his leg, which is rotting with gangrene.
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