Hemmingway House

We stopped by Hemmingway House in Key West, which was excellent – I love reading and I am slowly developing a great love for Ernest Hemmingway, though I am sadly under read in the American classics department.

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The Hemmingway House is famous for its polydactyl (multi-toed) cats – most have an extra toe on each front paw although some have two extra toes and others have extra on the back paws too.

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The cats are also allowed free run of the house and grounds.  And cat don’t care if a bed is an important piece of American history; cat just wants a comfortable place to nap. (This cat, by the way, owns the bed.  No other cats are allowed.)

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This cat preferred the cool glass above the exhibit of Hemmingway’s personal effects.

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This penny, buried in the concrete, was from a fight Hemmingway had with his second wife, when he came home from traveling with another woman and found she had installed a $20,000 pool.  He apparently threw a penny down on the wet concrete with the declaration that she had taken him for his last penny.  And she made sure it stayed there!

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One of the cats, basking in the attention of the tourists.

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And finally, Hemmingway’s office.  Genius came from this typewriter, y’all.  Genius.

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