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A Farewell to Arms

A Farewell to Arms

by Ernest Hemingway

Courage Quotes

How we cite our quotes:

Quote #1

"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."

Quote #2

"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.

Quote #3

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.

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