Could a New Critic use this information to interpret "Cat in the Rain" according to Wimsatt and Beardsley's rules for legitimate interpretive evidence in "The Intentional Fallacy"?
"In Our Time’s (1925) interchapters first appeared in a much shorter collection of stories published in Paris a year before, called in our time (Fleming). In Our Time’s stories were just some of the few Hemingway would work on while in Paris after WWI, reflecting upon the devastating effects of war. While he enlisted in the Red Cross Ambulance Corps out of a sense of thrill and duty (after he was turned down from the army for poor vision), his patriotism soon withered after seeing the brutality of war. It’s no wonder that he spent a decade out of America, essentially launching his career writing about human cruelty. While the American economy was booming after the war, Hemingway had seen the cost at which that leisure came.
[ . . . ] 'Cat in the Rain' appropriately follows Chapter X, in which Hemingway gives an account of the experience of being a woman, ultimately depicting the commodification of “the American wife.” It was written in 1925, in Rapallo, Italy, near Genoa, not about his dissolving marriage, but a “Harvard kid and his wife” he met at a hotel, giving insight to the socioeconomic class of at least one of these individuals" (Bruccoli 40).
--Excerpt from a student's Working with Marxism paper (where it worked very well)
Would the following passage constitute an "interpretation of 'Cat in the Rain'" according to Wimsatt and Beardsley's rules for legitimate interpretive evidence in "The Affective Fallacy"?
"I hate this story. I hate the way it makes a noble pursuit of a woman's interest in a wet cat. I hate the way the cat is all she can have, all she can want. I hate the fact that she gets the cat and will go on to live with this unfeeling **bleep**. Of course I admire Hemingway for having the bravery to paint such a bleak portrait. But I also resent him for giving a women her, so to speak, say, and making her the wounded little kitty."
--ziki, a "Frequent Contributor" to the Barnes & Noble Bookclubs (2-24-07). Available at: http://bookclubs.barnesandnoble.com/bn/board/message?board.id=Hemingway&message.id=517