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The Complete Short Stories of Ernest Hemingway - "The Mother of a Queen" Summary & Analysis

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"The Mother of a Queen" Summary

A matador's mother has been buried for five years in Mexico. When the matador returns from Spain, he joins his friend, the narrator. The narrator has paid the matador's bills during his time outside the country. A notice for the bill on the matador's mother's grave arrives. It threatens to turn his mother's body out of the grave if the fees are not paid. The fees are very low. The matador claims that he will pay for it, but he never does. After several notices, the graveyard informs the matador that his mother has been taken out of her grave and put in a common burial pit.

The narrator tries to get the matador to pay back all the money that the narrator has spent paying his bills while the matador was away...

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