A Farewell to Arms
How we cite our quotes:
"Oh, no. I’m something called a V.A.D. We work very hard but no one trusts us." (5.34)
Catherine is a Voluntary Action Deployment nurse. She doesn’t have the education of the nurse, but performs all the duties of a nurse. Perhaps this makes her seem even more courageous. She saw pain and suffering, wanted to help, and didn’t waste time saying "I’m not qualified."
"You better wait until the shelling is over."
"They want to eat." (9.91-92)
Frederic’s bravery stems from love. There is just no question of sitting pretty when the men he works with are waiting for him. He’d rather die than let them down.
He bit his arm and moaned, "[…] Oh Jesus shoot me Christ shoot me mama mia mama Mia oh purest lovely Mary shoot me." (9.119)
Pain trumps bravery every time.