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Quotes

Quote #1

"They blew him all to bits." (4.83)

That’s typical Modernist language Catherine is using. World War I "blew up" the idea that the world was a safe place, and the Modernists were obsessed with fragments and pieces and breaking in general.

Quote #2

Stretcher bearers came in all the time, put their stretcher down, unloaded them and went away. (9.137)

There is a somber rhythm to Hemingway’s description of this procession of wounded men. And it presents a striking and vivid image of the war.

Quote #3

"And the ones who would not make war? Can they stop it?"
"I do not know." (11.53, 54)

This is a rather meta-fictional moment. Hemingway’s novel is often seen as a protest against war, and the sentence expresses doubt over whether such protest can really help stop it.

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