Chapter 3 Notes from For Whom the Bell Tolls

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For Whom the Bell Tolls Chapter 3

Robert Jordan sketches the bridge and plans two blasts on opposite sides at the same time. Anselmo points out the sentries, one at the far end, the other in a hut built into the rock. There are eight men. On the way back, they see planes above which Anselmo thinks are theirs, Moscas, but Robert Jordan recognizes them as enemy planes. Anselmo hunts, and he has a bear paw of which he is proud. He says that the muscles of the bear and of man are very similar; gypsies believe that they are brothers. They discuss how gypsies believe it is not a sin to kill outside the tribe, and that during war they turn bad, as in old times. Anselmo tells Robert Jordan that he has killed, yet he is against killing, even Fascists, for he believes that the gypsies are wrong; there is indeed a great difference between animals and men. "But with or without God, I think it is a sin to kill. To take the life of another is to me very grave. I will do it whenever necessary but I am not of the race of Pablo." Chapter 3, pg. 41 Though he was brought up with religion, he no longer believes in God because of what he has seen. He believes that to kill does not terminate hatred, and that prison creates hatred. He has been shot at with machine guns while carrying only a shotgun, and hopes that Robert Jordan will tell him what there is to do, for has never seen a battle without running. Robert Jordan resents Golz' orders, but then he reminds himself that worrying will do nothing and thinks instead of Maria's beauty.

Back at camp they find Agustín, who tells them that he is bored of the mountains and that it is good that they are exploding the bridge. He reminds them to guard the explosives. He speaks with many obscenities, for which Hemingway substitutes the word obscenity. Anselmo tells Robert Jordan that Agustín speaks filthy but is reliable and serious, and that El Sordo is also good. He thinks Pablo is bad, but knows that the mountains are Pablo's territory and that they must move carefully.

Topic Tracking: Foreigners 2
Topic Tracking: Bravery 3
Topic Tracking: Loyalty 3

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