Book Notes Chapter 16 Notes from A Farewell to Arms

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A Farewell to Arms Chapter 16

That night, Catherine sleeps in the bed with him. They eat crackers and drink vermouth. She disappears for awhile and comes back all freshened up. Fred wants to have sex again the following night, but she assures him that he will not be in the mood after the operation. Fred tells her that he wishes she didn't have to get him ready for the operation. She responds:

"I don't. I don't want anybody else to touch you. I'm silly. I get furious if they touch you." Chapter 16, pg. 103

Catherine is worried that they will send her away because there are not enough patients. She also asks him not to think about her as they medicate him because people tend to talk under anesthesia. Fred tells her that he won't talk at all and she tells him not to brag. She says she loves him and asks how many people he has loved. He says none and she asks how many people he has 'stayed with'. She asks, "When a man stays with a girl when does she says how much it costs?" Chapter 16, pg. 105 He says he doesn't know because he has never been to a whore. He is lying and admits it to himself, but he is more interested in placating her than being honest. She tells him she will always do whatever he wants. They have sex again.

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