The Sun Also Rises
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Cohn sat at the table. His face had the sallow, yellow look it got when he was insulted but somehow he seemed to be enjoying it. The childish, drunken heroics of it. It was his affair with a lady of title. (16. 32)
Cohn’s love for Brett is more like the idealized notion of love – at this stage, he’s in love with the concept of an "affair with a lady of title," rather than Brett herself.
"Do you still love me, Jake?"
"Yes," I said.
"Because I’m a goner," Brett said.
"I’m a goner. I’m mad about the Romero boy. I’m in love with him I think."
"I wouldn’t be if I were you."
"I can’t help it. I’m a goner. It’s tearing me all up inside." (16. 48)
Brett expresses a marked sense of resignation here; she recognizes that her feelings for Romero are actually love, or something akin to it, at least, which she links to death ("I’m a goner"). This reiterates Brett’s earlier claim, in relation to Jake, that love is hell on earth.
That seemed to handle it. That was it. Send a girl off with one man. Introduce her to another to go off with him, now go and bring her back. And sign the wire with love. That was all right. (19.37)
After everything’s over, Jake sardonically reflects upon the shameful role he played in the drama of Brett, Cohn, and Romero – he clearly feels guilty about his intervention, but is also resigned to it.