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Quote #10

In him, too, was the despair from the sorrow that soldiers turn to hatred in order that they may continue to be soldiers. Now it was over he was lonely, detached and unrelated and he hated everyone he saw. (43.148)

Here Hemingway is describing what Robert Jordan feels after he's just lost Anselmo. Its short but apt description of one of the ways a fighter can keep going in the otherwise unremittingly bleak situation of war: he can turn all of his losses into sources of rage. Note that Anselmo's death doesn't just turn Robert Jordan against the enemy – it turns him against everything around him. Why is that? Is it maybe because "the world" itself seems like a wicked place for allowing such a thing to happen?

Quote #11

Que puta es la Guerra," Agustín said. "War is bitchery." (43.364-365)

More literally. "What a whore is war." What more can we add to that? This is the last thought about "war" in the book – which is worth considering if you think the book somehow "romanticizes" war.

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