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A Farewell to Arms
by Ernest Hemingway
A Farewell to Arms Book 5, Chapter 38 Summary
It is fall, and it has not snowed yet. Frederic and Catherine are living in a nice house in the mountains. There is much natural beauty, and a few people around. Frederic reads the papers, and sees there is still some battle. He feels far from the war. They enjoy the town, and Frederic reads that things are going badly with the war. Catherine says that she will marry him after she has had the baby and lost weight. She talks about going to America with Frederic. It snows on December 22, and Frederic and Catherine lie in bed together, watching it. They take a walk, but don’t get far. That afternoon, Catherine says that she wants Frederic to grow a beard and he agrees. They talk about Rinaldi having syphilis, and Frederic tells Catherine that he had gonorrhea. Catherine says Frederic should let his hair grow and that she will cut hers, so that they will look the same except that she is blond and Frederic is dark-haired. Frederic doesn’t want her to cut it. They agree that they are the same person, and talk about being together forever. They fall asleep and wake up in the night. Catherine tells Frederic she remembers being crazy when they met, but that she is never crazy now. They decide to go back to sleep and to fall asleep at the same time, but Frederic stays awake longer.
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