Wang, Lin, Wang, Cheng

Ernest Hemingway / National Taiwan University

Ernest Hemingway, Hills Like White Elephants
Project by Ivan Wang, Josephine Lin, Raphaella Wang and Hao-Fang Cheng

In [Hills Like White Elephants], the couple can never see the same landscape because the man has trouble understanding what is inside the girl’s eyes, which reflects her expectations. Holding different perspectives leads to their endless conversations, as two people walking around in a circle without ever finding the exit. … once you start from different perspectives, you will never reach the meeting point. And what really makes you worry is that you have no idea whether the other one is trying as hard as you are. … It seems as if the only thing you can focus on is your own path.

The story ends before the conversation between the couple finishes. They never hit the core of the problem and quickly drive the topic away, pretending everything is fine. The pathways are just like that. They seem tangled, but in fact, they never touch each other. … the more you keep going, the more separated you become.