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The Sun Also Rises

The Sun Also Rises

by Ernest Hemingway

Identity Quotes

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Quote #1

I mistrust all frank and simple people, especially when their stories hold together [...]. (1.2)

In a world of liars and cheats, of course Jake mistrusts people who are up front, since they seem too good to be true!

Quote #2

So there you were. I was sorry for him, but it was not a thing you could do anything about, because right away you ran up against the two stubbornnesses: South America could fix it and he did not like Paris. He got the first idea out of a book and I suppose the second came out of a book, too. (2.8)

Jake comments upon Cohn’s easily impressed mentality; Jake looks down upon this aspect of his friend’s personality.

Quote #3

[…] as all the time I was kneeling with my forehead on the wood in front of me, and was thinking of myself as praying, I was a little ashamed, and I regretted that I was such a rotten Catholic, but realized there was nothing I could do about it, at least for a while and maybe never, but that anyway it was a grand religion, and I only wished I felt religious and maybe I would the next time […]. (10.21)

Jake, attempting to find some kind of genuine connection to his spirituality, realizes that despite his longing for faith, he’s not a proper Catholic. His desire to "feel religious" here is understandable – after all, religion explains the mysteries of life, which Jake is certainly, well, mystified by.

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