Sorry, Larry. This is a bit, or too much, over my head. I've read only two of Hemingway's novels and I don't remember any refernce to a "bloody owl." But, I appreciate you dropping by, always entertaining.
"After the first glass, you see things as you wish they were. After the second, you see things as they are not. Finally, you see things as they really are, which is the most horrible thing in the world."
--Oscar Wilde on Absinthe