Alcohol - The consumption of this is featured prominently in the story, and is portrayed as being suave, elegant, and sophisticated, an aura it exudes well into the 1960s.
Wristwatch - David's possession of this is a sign of modernity and masculinity. It is the first clue that he had been an officer during the war.
Le Grau du Roi - At the beginning of the novel and their marriage, Catherine and David live here on the French Mediterranean in what is symbolically their Garden of Eden.
The Fish - Catching this illustrates David's machismo, his mastery over his surroundings. It symbolizes both his success as a writer and his conquering and marrying Catherine.
Absinthe - This is a very tart, pale green licorice-flavored herbal distilled liquor which turns an opal color when water is gradually added.
Africa - David Bourne is raised by his father here...
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