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.
"So I was sitting in my cubicle today, and I realized, ever since I started working, every single day of my life has been worse than the day before it. So that means that every single day that you see me, that's on the worst day of my life."
--Peter Gibbons (Office Space)