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Quotes

Quote #1

"You don’t have to pretend you love me."

"But I do love you." (6.44-45)

A few paragraphs back he tells us he doesn’t love Catherine. A Farewell to Arms is a memory, Frederic’s memory of Catherine. He’s showing us the beginning of his love for Catherine, perhaps even the awakening of it. Do we trust Frederic here? If not, why? Is this his confession, to the reader, that he didn’t love Catherine enough at first? Does Catherine love him here?

Quote #2

"We are war brothers. Kiss me good-by." (10.70)

We admit it. We want to be war brothers with Rinaldi, too. We want him to call us "baby." The love between Rinaldi and Frederic is complicated. The erotic overtone of the scenes between the two men is not to be denied. Oh, you can deny it if you want. Some critics do. One 1990s critic says, "Rinaldi and Frederic are not gay and they know it." Maybe that’s true, but can we at least admit they are flirting?

Quote #3

"We won’t quarrel, baby. I love you too much. But don’t be a fool." (10.66)

Rinaldi is warning him not to love Catherine. Remember, he knew Catherine first, and took Frederic to meet her. Rinaldi now seems to be jealous of them both, but perhaps more so of Frederic. Rinaldi parodies the stereotype of a lovers quarrel, but, at the same time, he means it. Now that Frederic is wounded, people are reacting to him even more intensely than usual.

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