| Quote #1
"I got hurt in the war," I said.
The banal discussion of the war that Jake and Georgette narrowly escape is one that’s unsatisfactory and not comprehensive. We get the feeling that there’s a lot more to be said about the war, but nobody knows how to communicate it yet.
| Quote #2
"When did she marry Ashley?"
A lot of things happen in wartime that should not otherwise come to pass – in this case, the marriage of Brett to Lord Ashley. We have to wonder if Jake’s telling the whole truth… we know that he is in fact Brett’s "own true love" (in her words and his) and that she can’t marry him because of his handicap. Hmm…
| Quote #3
"My dear, I am sure Mr. Barnes has seen a lot. Don’t think I don’t think so, sir. I have seen a lot, too."
The count’s definition of "seen a lot" is associated with war – as though war is the only real experience a man can have.