The Sun Also Rises - Chapters 12 through 14 Summary & Analysis

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Summary

Chapter 12

Chapter 12 takes place the following day as Bill and Jake engage in some witty banter before hiking a great distance to the stream, where each of them catches several trout. They eat a lunch they brought with them and drink two bottles of wine. Before taking a nap, Bill asks Jake if he ever loved Brett. Hsays yes, for a very long time. After a nap, they return to the inn and spend four more days, not hearing from Robert or Brett and Mike during that time.

Chapter 13

In Chapter 13, Jake is eating breakfast with a new friend, an Englshman named Wilson-Harris (although Jake and Bill call him simply Harris), when he receives a letter from Mike saying he and Brett will arrive in Pamplona on Tuesday, which was the day before. Jake says he and Bill must leave that afternoon. Harris wishes they could stay because he has not had so much fun since before the war. Jake and Bill invite him to join them in Pamplona, but he declines. Arriving back in Pamplona, Jake spends time talking with Montoya about bulls and bullfighting. Then, he and Bill find Brett, Mike, and Robert at an outdoor cafe. Robert asks Mike if he was in the war. At Brett's insistence, he tells a story about borrowing some medals for a formal dinner, then giving them away to women in a nightclub, not realizing that they belonged to someone. The tailor who gave them to him needed them back. He also talks about his bankruptcy and reveals that both he and his lawyer were drunk during his court hearing. Brett, Jake, and Robert go to the bull ring, where they watch a bull gore a steer. Jake explains things to Brett, who is fascinated. Afterward they meet Bill and Mike, who have been drinking, and Mike begins to insult Robert, saying he followed them to San Sebastian and followed Brett around the entire time they were there. He says that Brett has had other affairs and tells him everything, and Bill takes Robert away. Later everyone goes to dinner together, which is not as uncomfortable as Jake and Bill feared, and Jake reflects that they are all nice people.

Chapter 14

Chapter 14 finds Jake reading in his room because he is too drunk to sleep. He reflects on his philosophy that one pays for everything in some way, but he thinks that in five years this might seem silly. He wishes Mike would not behave so badly to Robert because even though he likes to see Cohn hurt, it makes him disgusted with himself afterward. Over the next few days, he and the others engage in their own activitiies while watching the town prepare for the fiesta.

Analysis

The novel's anti-Semitic theme continues in this section with several derogatory references to the fact that Robert is Jewish. The author continues to refer to him by both his first and last names, a practice he uses with no other characters. Robert does nothing to help his cause when he follows Mike and Brett to San Sebastian and angers Mike by staring at Brett constantly. This leads to a confrontation at the end of Chapter 12 that threatens to ruin the entire trip when a very drunk Mike accosts Robert in public about his behavior. The conversation also sheds additional light on Brett as a "new woman" when Mike reveals that she has had numerous affairs in the past and has never bothered to hide them from him. He is less bothered by Brett's affair with Robert than by Robert's continued infatuation with Brett and the fact that he does not bother to hide his interest in her.

The author provides the first taste of bullfighting in this section as well, providing some background through Jake's narrative about his conversations with Montoya. The scene in which the bulls are unloaded and one of them gores a steer is depicted very matter of factly with little concern among the characters for the garishness of the practice.

In Chapter 14, Jake engages in some late night, drunken self-reflection in which he muses about a system of payment and rewards. He also reveals his mixed feelings about Robert, as he revels in seeing Mike hurt him, but feels badly about himself afterward. While some critics have said that Hemingway wants to reveal the shallowness of the so called Lost Generation in this novel, this is an example of Jake's introspection and the fact that despite the way he often spends his time, he is a worthwhile human who truly cares about the world around him. The chapter ends on a somewhat ominous note as he reflects on how healthy and good everyone felt on that day. Then, he says that it was the last day before the fiesta, foreshadowing more dire things to come.

Discussion Question 1

Much of Chapter 12 consists of banter between Jake and Bill. What do they talk about and what does it reveal about these characters?

Discussion Question 2

Discuss the scene in which Brett, Jake, and Robert watch the bulls being unloaded. How does Brett react to what she sees? How does the author draw a parallel between the bulls and the group (Jake, Brett, Mike, Bill and Robert)?

Discussion Question 3

What does Jake say about his personal philosophy? Does it seem to fit with what they know about him at this point? How does it relate to his relationships with the book's other characters?

Vocabulary

Irony, rucksack, ford, timber, glacier, parcel, utilize, humidity, saloon, intend, lewd, aficionado, inscription, lapse, gore, intensity, discredit, extraordinary, rampart, fortification, latter, crest, detach, splendid, reserved, taut, sallow, retribution, morality, inflected.

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