What is striking for me is that his writing does not reflect the macho, virile public image that Hemingway is famous for.
The sample below was written when he was 27 years' old. There are curves, round vowels and a warm pencil stroke. There are many feminine qualities in his handwriting than male. The writing shows enthusiasm, joviality, receptivity, an enjoyment of life, and a confidence 'in his own skin'.