A Farewell to Arms
by Ernest Hemingway
A Farewell to Arms Chapter 19 Summary
- Frederic starts physical therapy that summer, and because he doesn’t need the crutches anymore, and therefore doesn’t need a nurse, he and Catherine can’t go around town together much. Sometimes, though, they go to dinner with Helen.
- All he wants is to be with Catherine, and he "kills" time with races, newspapers, and magazines.
- He meets Meyers and his wife, people from the races, and they chitchat.
- The hospital has lots of patients now, and he feels like the war will either go on forever or that it will end soon.
- He meets some acquaintances, including some army men and two male singers, one of whom is named Ralph Simmons. Also present is Ettore Moretti, a San Francisco Italian in the Italian army.
- They all talk about the war and drink in a bar.
- Ettore has been wounded in the arm by a grenade, but had shot the man who threw it.
- They wish each other luck and Frederic thinks of Ettore, who is twenty-three and "a legitimate hero," but people find him boring.
- Later, Catherine tells Frederic that Ettore is "a dreadful, dreadful boy."
- Catherine asks about his day and he tells her about the Mr. and Mrs. Meyers.
- It is raining, and it makes Frederic sleepy and Catherine afraid.
- He presses her to tell him why, and she admits it’s because she sees Frederic and herself dead when she looks at it.
- He comforts her and she tries not to be afraid.
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