Literature: Hemingway's Six Word Story
"For Sale: Baby shoes, never worn."A piece of Flash Fiction allegedly written by Ernest Hemingway; however, the oldest known source of it is the 1996 biopic play Papa. Snopes has more information on it.
These words are an example of:
- Ambiguous Situation: A given, since it's only six words long.
- Beige Prose
- Downer Ending
- Fictional Document
- Flash Fiction: Up to Eleven. This is one of very few stories in the world to contain fewer words than it does tropes.
- Infant Immortality: Presumably averted in one form or another, unless it's the case that the purchasers of the shoes simply couldn't have a child but didn't realise this until they had already prepared.
- In Medias Res
- Law of Inverse Fertility: Possibly; see Infant Immortality above.
- Nameless Narrative
- Scrapbook Story: The format's that of a newspaper classified ad.