The Sun Also Rises - Chapters 18 and 19 Summary & Analysis

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Chapter 18

In Chapter 18 Bill, Mike, and Jake are sitting at a cafe when Brett arrives and tells them that Romero was badly hurt but will still fight the bulls today. Mike keeps asking how her boyfriend is, so Brett and Jake go for a walk. She worries that the wind will hurt Romero's performance, but when the fights begin, he is spectacular. Afterward, Brett goes with Romero to his hotel room. Later, Mike says that she has left town with him. As Bill, Jake, and Mike sit at a cafe table, Jake feels that about six people are missing.

Chapter 19

The following morning the fiesta has ended and Bill, Mike, and Jake take a car to Bayonne. After Mike gambles away a lot of money, Bill is shocked to learn that he is completely broke. He is optimistic that something will turn up. They take Mike to a hotel in Saint Jean. Then, Jake puts Bill on the train back to Paris and goes to San Sebastian for a few days of rest. However, on the second day, he receives a telegram from Brett saying that she is in trouble. She asks him to come to Madrid. When he arrives, he learns that she has sent Romero away even though he wanted to marry her. She has plans to return to Mike. After they have lunch, they are in a taxi when Brett laments that they could have had a good time together. Jake replies, "Yes, isn't it pretty to think so?"


The casual carelessness of many of the book's characters is again highlighted in this final section. Mike continues to gamble and tip freely until he is completely out of money, yet he is optimistic that more will appear or he can live on credit for a while. Brett leaves with the young matador with whom she has become infatuated without bothering to say goodbye to Jake. Yet, he is the one she calls when she finds herself alone in Madrid with no money. Jake continues to be held up as the responsible member of the group and the one who is willing and able to fix the problems others create for themselves.

The author spends a good deal of time describing the bullfights in detail, but he seems determined to paint them as something poetic rather than simply gory and cruel. He also spends time drawing a contrast between the outlandishness of the fiesta and the quiet, peaceful world he finds in San Sebastian.

The love story between Jake and Brett closes the book, but the author seems to imply that their relationship will continue even though it is not satisfying for either of them. The ending has a decidedly bittersweet quality and makes it clear that despite all the occurrences of the past few weeks, everything will go back to exactly the way it was when the story opened.

Discussion Question 1

Why do you think Brett sends Romero away? Do you think this shows growth in her character or simply another case of acting on a whim?

Discussion Question 2

Compare and contrast the atmosphere in Pamplona with the one in San Sebastian. What does Jake enjoy about each one?

Discussion Question 3

The book ends with Brett saying that she and Jake could have had a good time together and Jake replying, "Yes, isn't it pretty to think so?" What do you think he means by this? What does the exchange say about each of their characters?


Absorb, radiant, proselyte, defraud, sneer, volley, decadence, aesthetics, discount (verb), pivot, impaired, concentration, delicate, apportion, obscure, undulation, vulgar.

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