Born on 9 November 1891 and raised in St Louis, Missouri, Elizabeth Hadley Richardson was seven years Hemingway's senior. The pair were married in Chicago on 3 September 1921, and on the recommendation of wedding guest Sherwood Anderson, they moved to Paris little more than three months later. Their son, John Hadley Nicanor Hemingway (nicknamed 'Bumby') was born on 10 October 1923 in Toronto. Hadley famously lost a trunk packed full of Hemingway's unpublished manuscripts on her way to join him in Switzerland in December 1922.
The couple were divorced in 1927, following Hemingway's affair with Vogue fashion reporter and soon-to-be second wife Pauline Pfeiffer. Hemingway, however, demonstrated great regret at leaving Hadley, who had insisted on one hundred days of separation in order to establish that the new relationship was an enduring one. In her review of the newer text, Chloë Schama highlights the passage that was missing from Hemingway's final edit of the original (it was re-inserted at the end of the book by Mary Hemingway):
When I saw my wife again standing by the tracks as the train came in by the piled logs at the station, I wished I had died before I ever loved anyone but her. She was smiling, the sun on her lovely face tanned by the snow and sun, beautifully built, her hair red gold in the sun, grown out all winter awkwardly and beautifully, and Mr. Bumby standing with her, blond and chunky and with winter cheeks looking like a good Vorarlberg boy.
One of the charges against Patrick and Sean Hemingway's re-edited edition concerns the revision to this chapter, perhaps portraying their mother/grandmother, the 'wicked' other woman, in a more positive light.