I want to write and write and write. That act earned him a short stay in the bughouse. Dashiell Hammett killed himself with the time-honored method of too much drink and cigarettes, but then Hammett was a generation older than Brautigan.
Plot[ edit ] Jack Brennan, the current welterweight champion, is at Danny Hogan's New Jersey training camp called the "health farm" throughout the story struggling to get in shape for his upcoming fight with favorite Jimmy Walcott. His trainer and friend Jerry Doyle is at the camp with him, and it is Doyle who narrates the story.
Jack is not optimistic about the fight and does not adjust to life at the health farm; "He didn't like being away from his wife and the kids and he was sore and grouchy most of the time," Doyle reports.
Jack asks Doyle what he thinks of the shape he is in. Doyle tries to stall, saying: You got a week to get around into form," but Jack asks for a straight answer. Hogan, seeing Jack's condition a few days later, tells Doyle that Jack has no chance against Walcott. I worry about the kids. I worry about the wife.
Sometimes I think about fights. Jack cannot break a sweat jumping rope and stops working for the day.
That afternoon John Collins, Jack's manager, drives to the health farm with his friends Steinfelt and Morgan. They go with Doyle to Jack's room and find him sleeping, but John wakes him up and asks Doyle to tell Hogan the three visitors "want to see him in about half an hour.
Jack remains quiet through the rest of the day, but that evening, after a few drinks, he tells Doyle to put money on Walcott and reveals that he himself has bet "fifty grand" on Walcott. He reassures himself of this action's morality, saying, "It ain't crooked.
How can I beat him? Why not make money on it? The two play cribbage and, when John comes, they continue playing until Jack has won four and a half dollars.
Before dinner, he says they should play another round to decide who will pay for dinner. The cribbage continues after dinner, with Jack winning another two and a half dollars, until the time comes to go to Madison Square Garden.
Entering the ring at the Garden, Jack meets Walcott's cheerful words with cranky abruptness. Doyle reports, "There wasn't anybody ever boxed better than Jack,"  and the fight goes well for Jack for several rounds as his left fist repeatedly connects with Walcott's face.
By the seventh round, Jack's left arm gets heavy and Walcott begins to gain the upper hand as he pummels Jack's torso. After the eleventh round John Collins tells Jack the fight will go to Walcott, but Jack says he thinks he can last through the twelfth round and goes to meet Walcott and "finish it off right to please himself.
He walks toward the dumbfounded Walcott and begins swinging, landing several body punches before hitting his opponent twice below the belt."Fifty Grand" is a short story by Ernest Hemingway.
It was first published in The Atlantic Monthly in , and it appeared later that year in Hemingway’s short story collection Men Without Women.
Read the latest stories about LIFE on Time. The short stories of Ernest Hemingway: Critical essays Paperback – Each essay provides a close analysis of a single story.
There are some excellent essays in that section as well. Hemingway's 'Fifty Grand': The Other Fight(s) - James J. Martine Hemingway's 'The Gambler, the Nun, and the Radio': Reading and a Problem - Marion 4/4(1). The Snows of Kilimanjaro is a short story collection by Ernest Hemingway. Many of the stories deal with classic Hemingway themes, such as death versus life well lived.
Many of the stories deal with classic Hemingway themes, such as death versus life well lived. Zen In the Art of Writing [Ray Bradbury] on ph-vs.com *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. Fifty Grand Insights Ernest Hemingway.
And an essay in Cleanth Brooks and the Rise Here is Brooks’s complete summary of Ernest Hemingway’s short story “Fifty Grand” in Brooks’s.