Chapter 39 Notes from For Whom the Bell Tolls

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For Whom the Bell Tolls Chapter 39

They are climbing the hill heavily loaded, with horses and material to make camp. Pablo tells Robert Jordan that the men he brought think the mission will be successful, and asks him not to disillusion them. Robert Jordan says they should make it successful. Pablo reiterates the plan, and he wonders why. He has felt better since Pablo came back with the men and feels confident: the happiness before action.

"This was the greatest gift that he had, the talent that fitted him for war; that ability not to ignore but to despise whatever bad ending there could be. This quality was destroyed by too much responsibility for others or the necessity of undertaking something ill planned or badly conceived." Chapter 39, pg. 393

He greets Maria, who tells him she is not worried, and that she would rather stay with him, but will stay with the horses and the gypsy. Pablo introduces him to the men and leads them to where they will leave the horses.

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