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The Complete Short Stories of Ernest Hemingway - "The Tradesman's Return" Summary & Analysis

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"The Tradesman's Return" Summary

Harry and Wesley run illegal liquor from Cuba. The Coast Guard catches them and shoots at their boat. Both are wounded, but Harry insists that they can make it to Key West. They drift at sea for a while until another boat, piloted by Captain Willie, catches up to them. Captain Willie is running a deep-sea fishing trip for two rich men connected to the American government. These passengers want to speak to Harry, but Willie steers them away. Harry decides to dump the illegal alcohol overboard in order that he and Wesley can get to Key West faster to seek medical help.

"The Tradesman's Return" Analysis

All of the stories about Harry involve some illegal activity. In this case, he and his friend are running alcohol from Cuba to America. At one point, Wesley asks why...

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