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A Farewell to Arms

Ernest Hemingway

Summary and Analysis Book Four: Chapter XXXIX

Summary

Frederic Henry and Catherine Barkley talk about family.

Analysis

The idyll continues — as do the relentless hints of doom to come. "What do you want to do? Ruin me?" Frederic Henry wants to know. Catherine Barkley's reply: "Yes. I want to ruin you."

Glossary

glühwein (German) mulled wine.

chamois a small goat antelope of the mountains of Europe and the Caucasus, having straight horns with the tips bent backward.

Dent du Jaman mountain in the Alps.