A Farewell to Arms
Foreignness and the Other Quotes
How we cite our quotes:
"He’s done nothing but ruin you with his sneaking Italian tricks. Americans are worse than Italians." (34.39)
This makes us remember an earlier scene where Frederic calls Rinaldi a "dago," among other things. This rare moments pop up in moments of communication frustration. When communication fails, everything seems foreign.
"Switzerland is down the lake, we can go there." (34.109)
The romance of their big escape intensifies the tragedy of the novel.
"Can’t you realize we’re in Switzerland?"
"No, I’m afraid I’ll wake up and it won’t be true." (37.)
Switzerland represents that ideal: neutral ground. It’s a dream almost too big to hope for.