A Farewell to Arms Foreignness and the Other Quotes
How we cite our quotes: Citations follow this format: (Chapter.Paragraph)
"Why did you join up with the Italians?"
"I was in Italy, […], and I spoke Italian." (5.7-8)
Characters are constantly asking Frederic about this. His natural embrace of what is supposed to be foreign is foreign to some people Frederic encounters. It is also intriguing and provocative.
"[…] really you are just like me underneath."
"No I’m not."
"[…] You are really an Italian. All fire and smoke and nothing inside." (10.48-50)
Did we expect him to say "Italian"? Rinaldi isn’t necessarily giving Frederic a compliment. He’s telling him they are not only "war brothers" but also brothers in emptiness. All flare and no heart.