Wednesday, April 28, 2010


  • "I went out the door and suddenly I felt lonely and empty. I had treated seeing Catherine very, lightly, I had gotten somewhat drunk and had nearly forgotten to come but when I could not see her there I was feeling lonely and hollow" (Hemingway 41).

  • "I believe we should get the war over," I said. "It would not finish it if one side stopped fighting. It would only be worst if we stopped fighting.""It could not be worse," Passini said respectfully. "There is nothing worse than war.""Defeat is worse." (Hemingway 49-50).

  • “I tried to get closer to Passini to try to put a tourniquet on the legs but I cold not move. I tried again and my legs moved a little. I could pull backward along with my arms and elbow. Passini was quiet now. I sat beside him, undid my tunic and tried to rip he tail of my shirt.” (Hemingway55).

  • “The drops fell very slowly, as they fall from an icicle after the sun has gone. It was cold in the car in the night as the road climbed. At the post on the top they took the stretcher out and put another in the we went on” (Hemingway61).

  • "Did you do any heroic act?" "No' I said. 'I was blown up while we were eating cheese." "Be serious. You must have done something heroic either before or after. Remember carefully." "I did not." (Hemingway 63).

  • “You are ignorant. Stupid. I saw that word pricked him and kept on. Uninformed. In experienced, stupid from inexperience” (Hemingway66).

  • “You understand but you do not love God.” “No.” “You do not love him at all?” he asked. “I am afraid of Him in the night sometimes.” “You should love Him.” “I don’t love much.” (Hemingway 72).

  • "She looked fresh and young and very beautiful. I thought I had never seen any one so beautiful. “Hello,” I said. When I saw her I was in love with her. Everything turned over inside of me.” (Hemingway 91).

  • “God knows I had not wanted to fall in love with her. I had not wanted to fall in love with any one. But God knows I had and I lay on the bed in the room of the hospital in Milan and all sorts of things went through my head but I felt wonderful and finally Miss Gage came in” (Hemingway 93).

  • “The Austrians were sons of bitches. How many had I killed? I had not killed any but I was anxious to please- and I said I had killed plenty” (Hemingway 94).
    “If we let our hands touch, just the side of my hand touching hers, we were excited” (Hemingway 112).

  • “I loved to take her hair down and she sat on the bed and kept very still, except suddenly she would dip down to kiss me while I was doing it, and I would take out the pins and lay them on the sheet and it would be loose and I would watch her while she kept very still and then take out the last two pins and it would all come down and she would drop her head and we would both be inside of it, and it was the feeling of inside a tent or behind a falls” (Hemingway 114).

  • "We said to each other that we were married the first day she had come to the hospital and we counted months from our wedding day. I wanted to be really married but Catherine said that if we were they would send her away and if we merely started on the formalities they would watch her and would break us up. We would have to be married under Italian law and the formalities were terrific. I wanted us to be married really because I worried about having a child if I thought about it, but we pretended to ourselves we were married and did not worry much and I suppose I enjoyed not being married, really." (Hemingway 114-115).

  • “It’s all nonsense. It’s only nonsense. I’m not afraid of the rain. I’m not afraid of the rain. Oh, oh God, I wish I wasn’t”(Hemingway 126).

  • “That’s lovely, she said. Where do you want to go?” “Nowhere. I want to stay here.” “That’s silly. You pick a place to go and I’ll come too” (Hemingway 136).

  • “For three years I looked forward very childishly to the war ending at Christmas. But now I look forward till when our son will be a lieutenant commander” (Hemingway 141).

  • “Unless you find something else I’m afraid you will have to go back to the front when you are through with your jaundice. I don’t believe self-inflicted jaundice entitles you to a convalescent leave”(page144).

  • “I don’t take any interest in anything else any more. I’m so very happy married to you”(Hemingway154).

  • “I don’t know. I only think the Austrians will not stop when they have won a victory. It is in defeat that we become Christians” (Hemingway 178).

  • “I was going to forget the war. I had made a separate peace” (Hemingway 243).

  • “My life used to be full of everything,” I said. “Now if you aren’t with me I haven’t a thing in the world” (Hemingway 257).

  • “Now Catherine would die. That was what you did. You died. You did not know what it was about. You never had time to learn. They threw you in and told you the rules and the first time they caught you off base they killed you. Or they killed you gratuitously like Aymo. Or gave you the syphilis like Rinaldi. But they killed you in the end. You could count on that. Stay around and they would kill you” (Hemingway 327).

  • "But after I got them out and shut the door and turned off the light it wasn't any good. It was like saying good-by to a statue. After a while I went out and left the hospital and walked back to the hotel"(Hemingway 332).

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