| 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?"
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.