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Quote #4

How many had I killed? I had not killed any but was anxious to please ─ and I said I had killed plenty. (15.2)

This moment is important because later, when Frederic and Aymo shoot the soldier, we know it’s his first time to kill a man.

Quote #5

A British major at the club told me the Italians had lost one hundred and fifty thousand men […] (21.1)

And that’s just Italy, and that’s just in part of the war. Gives you an idea of the scope of the destruction of World War I.

Quote #6

"Miss Van Campen," I said. "Did you ever know a man who tried to disable himself by kicking himself in the scrotum?" (23.27)

This is one of the few times we see Frederic express anger toward another person in the novel. And Frederic surely knows he’s on thin ice with Miss Van Campen. His anger toward her could be seen as a subconscious expression of guilt over his convalescence, and a way to get sent back to the front without having to consciously choose to be away from Catherine.

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