This is one of the few chapters that deals almost exclusively with
only one theme. Here the theme is mysticism- knowledge gained by
extraordinary, subjective means. It\'s been hinted at several times
before, beginning with Pilar\'s reading of Jordan\'s palm.
The occasion of the theme is Kashkin, the demolition ex ... mehr
But Robert Jordan and Maria aren\'t even trying to cover their traces
on this second night since Jordan arrived at the scene of his
assignment. Maria simply leaves the cave and goes outside to
Jordan\'s robe-sleeping bag, even though the others are still awake.
Jordan has prepared a bed of pine boughs under the robe. ... mehr
This extremely brief chapter abruptly jolts Robert Jordan from his
lover/philosopher role and returns him to being a man of action.
His third day in the mountains begins early and dramatically.
While still in the sleeping robe with Maria, he hears a horseman
approaching. He waits. When the man comes into view, Jordan ... mehr
Chapter 22 resumes the action of the previous chapter without a
moment\'s lapse or even a slight change of location. Jordan, Primitivo,
and Augustin are installing the machine gun.
Into the midst of this situation comes a grinning Rafael, the gypsy,
who has just killed two rabbits. He\'s proud of his accompl ... mehr
Primitivo is above, at the lookout point; Agustin is by Jordan\'s
side at the machine gun. Four enemy cavalrymen ride out of the timber,
perfect targets. It\'s a rare chance to kill them with no chance of
return fire- not from these four men anyway. Nevertheless, Jordan
restrains himself: \"But let it not happen.\" ... mehr
The enemy soldiers have gone; they didn\'t even know they were
being watched. Now the band is having breakfast. There\'s a cheerful,
lighthearted atmosphere, and the meal features such unlikely breakfast
foods as wine and onions.
The breakfast scene at the guerrilla hideout seems like ... mehr
In Chapter 25, Hemingway hints even more strongly- through the
characters themselves- at the probability of death for the band.
Primitivo can curse. That\'s nothing new to you by now. Most of the
characters in this novel are blessed with very earthy, colorful
tongues. But Primitivo\'s present cursing is not the noncha ... mehr
This chapter opens with a powerful consideration of the theme of
killing and in so doing illustrates Robert Jordan\'s change in
That morning, Jordan had killed a young Nationalist cavalryman, an
insignificant incident in military terms, and to Jordan, in ... mehr
Up to this point scenes in which Robert Jordan is present have
dominated the novel. The few exceptions include the scene in which
Pablo talks to his horses at the end of Chapter 5 and the chapter in
which Anselmo reflects on the enemy soldiers in the mill followed by a
brief look inside the mill itself to listen to them. But Cha ... mehr
This short chapter stands as an epilogue to the previous one. It\'s
the aftermath of El Sordo\'s doomed stand. Hemingway gives you a chance
to think about it.
The Nationalist cavalry pass in front of Robert Jordan\'s eyes again.
Jordan sees a long poncho \"bulging as a pod bulges with ... mehr
This chapter introduces one of the final strands in the latter
part of the novel: the mission of Andres to deliver Jordan\'s letter to
Jordan and Pablo are sitting across a table from each other.
Jordan is making notes; Pablo is getting drunk. It looks li ... mehr
The buildup to the final action is interrupted in Chapter 30,
which is devoted primarily to Robert Jordan\'s personal history.
Andres has been gone three hours. Now we learn why Jordan has sent
the message to Golz: Anselmo had brought information about a massive
buildup of enemy equipment that was not supposed to be in t ... mehr
On this third night, Maria is unable to make love. She feels pain,
which she attributes to \"the things [that] were done\" by her
Nationalist captors. Instead of making love, they make plans to go
to Madrid. They spin elaborately whimsical dreams of how they\'ll spend
a month in a hotel room. ... mehr
For the second time, Hemingway presents a complete chapter without
Robert Jordan. The scene is Gaylord\'s, the Madrid hotel occupied by
communist partizans and people of similar beliefs. These are the
people who preach a classless society with no special advantages to
any privileged group. They\'ve come to Spain to help bring ... mehr
It\'s 2:00 A.M., the middle of Jordan\'s third night. Pilar wakes
him with bad news. Pablo has gone, deserted. That in itself isn\'t so
bad; maybe they\'ll be better off without him. But Pablo took the
detonation devices that Jordan needs to blow up the bridge. That is
disastrous. Pilar is apologetic and guilt-ridden. She fe ... mehr
Suspense builds in this chapter as Jordan prepares to carry off
his mission with improvised explosive devices and Andres moves to warn
On his way to deliver Jordan\'s message to Golz, Andres looks at
haystacks in a field, there since the beginning of the figh ... mehr
Maria is asleep. Jordan is furious with himself for not
remembering to be on guard when he saw Pablo\'s friendliness, the
sign of imminent betrayal. The exploder and the detonators will be
hard to replace with improvised materials. In fact, the whole
operation may now be impossible. Jordan flies into a rage i ... mehr
Andres is having his problems- but not with the enemy. He made it
through their lines with ease. His problem is with Republican soldiers
at their checkpoint.
He can\'t convince them that he\'s on their side and that he\'s
carrying an important message for General Golz. Of course ... mehr
In Chapter 37, Jordan and Maria share an episode of lovemaking
that touches each of them to the center of their being.
Examine the paragraph that begins, \"Then they were together...\" Some
readers think it tries to parallel the rise and fall of intensity
during lovemaking itself. Beyond question, it lyrically en ... mehr
This chapter offers several surprises. We see Jordan in an unusual
mood, and the expedition to blow up the bridge gets a strange boost
from- of all people Pablo.
It\'s 2:50 A.M. on his fourth day when Robert Jordan enters the cave.
Pilar is attending to breakfast, and the men are generally ... mehr