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A Farewell to Arms

A Farewell to Arms


by Ernest Hemingway

A Farewell to Arms Love Quotes

How we cite our quotes: Citations follow this format: (Chapter.Paragraph)

Quote #4

"But there in my county it is understood that a man may love God. It is not a dirty joke." (11.72)

The priest is visitor number two to Frederic’s sickbed. We see how hurt he is by the captain’s jokes. But the joke is only half about masturbation. The captain is also implying strongly that World War I is proof either that God doesn’t exist, or that God is evil. Either way, the priest becomes a bad guy, for loving God. But Frederic loves him. And their love is complicated.

Quote #5

The medical captain, "What hit you?"

Me, with the eyes shut, "A trench mortar shell." (9.167)

Why does Frederic get wounded? Partly because he’s in a war, obviously. But also because he loves the men he works with so much that he must take food to them and be with them.

Quote #6

"I only wanted to for you."

"There isn’t any me. I’m you. Don’t make up a separate me." (18.21-21)

Frederic is talking about marriage, but Catherine is suggesting, as she does many times in the novel, that marriage for them is anti-climactic. Since they are already so close that they are a single person, formal marriage seems pointless.

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