A Farewell to Arms
Foreignness and the Other Quotes
How we cite our quotes:
"Ho ho ho," he tried to keep from laughing. "When I tell him you were not an Austrian. Ho ho ho." (14.37)
We had to laugh, too… even though it gets at the crux of the war. Anybody can be from the "wrong" country and kill or be killed.
"He’s supposed to have been in the penitentiary at home." (19.106)
Mr. Meyers is an extremely minor character, but doesn’t it give you a little creepy feeling to hear that he’s some kind of dying English criminal hiding out in Italy during the war?
"We never get anything new. We all start complete. You should be glad not to be a Latin."
"There is no such thing as Latin. That is ‘Latin’ thinking." (25.115-116)
Earlier, Rinaldi suggested that Italians are empty. Here he says they’re born "complete." Frederic’s response is most interesting. He just doesn’t get the concept of national identity.