Frederic starts physical therapy that summer, and because he doesn’t need the crutches anymore, and therefore doesn’t need a nurse, he and Catherine can’t go around town together much. Sometimes, though, they go to dinner with Helen.
All he wants is to be with Catherine, and he "kills" time with races, newspapers, and magazines.
He meets Meyers and his wife, people from the races, and they chitchat.
The hospital has lots of patients now, and he feels like the war will either go on forever or that it will end soon.
He meets some acquaintances, including some army men and two male singers, one of whom is named Ralph Simmons. Also present is Ettore Moretti, a San Francisco Italian in the Italian army.
They all talk about the war and drink in a bar.
Ettore has been wounded in the arm by a grenade, but had shot the man who threw it.
They wish each other luck and Frederic thinks of Ettore, who is twenty-three and "a legitimate hero," but people find him boring.
Later, Catherine tells Frederic that Ettore is "a dreadful, dreadful boy."
Catherine asks about his day and he tells her about the Mr. and Mrs. Meyers.
It is raining, and it makes Frederic sleepy and Catherine afraid.
He presses her to tell him why, and she admits it’s because she sees Frederic and herself dead when she looks at it.