“Hills Like White Elephants” is a story a reader can miss the point of, although most don’t. If you have a level of sophistication and perception equal to a pretty good US high school English student you will “get” it. So the author (E. Hemingway) did a good job of calibrating its elusiveness/obscurity to the level of perception of his audience.
Are there stories that are too hard for their audiences that you can think of? “Hills Like White Elephants” plus?
I’m looking for things that fewer people can understand. 5% of the audience, or 1% or .01%. Do they exist?
And are they the product of deliberate design on the part of the writer, or did the writer try to write something as understandable as HLWE but miscalculate?