For Whom the Bell Tolls
For Whom the Bell Tolls Chapter 20 Summary
- It's night time, Robert Jordan's outside in his sleeping bag, and you know what that means.
- He's waiting for Maria.
- Earlier that evening, he had cut down a small tree, cut it up, and used the branches and trunk to fashion a makeshift bed.
- Pilar had promised him she would watch the sacks with the explosive during the night.
- Robert Jordan said goodnight to everyone, and went back outside. Nobody can seem to figure out why he would want to sleep outside in the snow.
- Anyway, out here on the forest floor, Robert Jordan smells the odor of pine boughs. There's a smell he loves, not any of that gross death stuff. He also likes the smell of bacon, coffee, and cider mills.
- Somebody makes a sound, as if to come out of the cave, but then whoever it is ducks back in.
- Robert Jordan is getting impatient. When is that Maria coming?
- Maria comes. Wearing only her "wedding shirt." She gets into the sleeping bag.
- They kiss. Off comes the wedding shirt.
- Maria says that they are one – one body, one heart. Hasn't he felt this too?
- Yes, he has felt this too.
- Yet, says the unusually perceptive Maria, they are also different! Who knew? But she wishes they were exactly the same.
- Robert Jordan says she doesn't mean that.
- Maria means that. She would like to be him, because she loves him so much.
- Then presumably they get it on. Or at least that's what we assume from the shift in their dialogue: "Maria." "Yes." "Maria." "Yes." "Maria." "Yes." "Maria." "Oh, yes. Please."
- "Afterwards," they lie together, and decide that what just happened wasn't quite so amazing as the afternoon's sex in the heathers. But Maria liked it more.
- They fall asleep. But Robert Jordan wakes up later in the night, and lies there in the sleeping bag thinking.