The Sun Also Rises Quotes

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I never met any one of his class who remembered him. They did not even remember that he was middleweight boxing champion.
-- Narrator/Jake (Chapter 1 paragraph 1)

Importance: This paints Robert Cohn as a person of little importance who does not fit in, a characterization that will continue throughout the novel.

He was fairly happy, except that, like many people living in Europe, he would rather have been in America, and he had discovered writing.
-- Narrator/Jake (Chapter 1 paragraph 1)

Importance: This presents the attitude held by some of the expatriates who were torn between America and Paris. It also introduces the idea that writing is something to be both loved and dreaded.

Brett was damned good looking. She wore a slip over jersey sweater and a tweed skirt, and her hair was brushed back like a boy's. She started all that.
-- Narrator/Jake (Chapter 3 paragraph 2)

Importance: This establishes right away that Brett is a new breed of woman who is independent and free spirited.

Don't we pay for all the things we do, though?
-- Brett (Chapter 4 paragraph 10)

Importance: This relates to the idea of responsibility and comes back around later when Jake muses about his current philosophy of life.

Who did you think I went down to San Sebastian with?
-- Brett (Chapter 9 paragraph 14)

Importance: This comment establishes both Brett's promiscuity and the relationship between Brett and Robert that will become a major factor later in the novel.

Why I felt that impulse to devil him I do not know. Of course I do know. I was blind, unforgivingly jealous of what had happened to him. The fact that I took it as a matter of course did not alter that any.
-- Narrator/Jake (Chapter 10 paragraph 1)

Importance: This establishes the fact that although Jake knows he can never have Brett because of his impotence, he cannot help his feelings for her and his jealousy of any other man who has her.

But he's not aficionado like you are.
-- Montoya (Chapter 13 paragraph 4)

Importance: This establishes not only Jake's expertise in and love for bullfighting, but also the relationship of respect he enjoys with Montoya, which will later be threatened by his role is facilitating Brett's relationship with Romero.

No, listen, Jake. Brett's gone off with men. But they weren't ever Jews, and they didn't come and hang about afterward.
-- Mike (Chapter 13 paragraph 2)

Importance: This quote serves a few purposes. It establishes the nature of Mike's relationship with Brett and the fact that he condones her infidelities. It is also a good example of the anti-Semitism that is scattered throughout the novel, the attitude with which Robert is treated, and the reasons Mike saw Brett's affair with Robert differently than previous ones.

I believe, you know, that she's falling in love with this bullfighter chap,
-- Mike (Chapter 15 paragraph 6)

Importance: This is the first open acknowledgement of Brett's interest in Romero and an indication that Mike thinks this situation might be different than previous affairs.

I've got to do something. I've got to do something I really want to do. I've lost my self-respect.
-- Brett (Chapter 16 paragraph 25)

Importance: Here we see Brett's vulnerability and conflicting feelings. She knows an affair with Romero would be wrong for many reasons, but even though it will damage her self respect even further, she feels unable to stop herself from going after what she wants.

You wouldn't believe it. It's like a wonderful nightmare.
-- Bill (Chapter 18 paragraph 13)

Importance: This is an excellent way to describe the multifaceted fiesta, which has brought a wide variety of good and bad experiences to the group.

-- Narrator (Chapter 18 paragraph 3)

Importance: This telegram demonstrates that under her independent exterior, Brett is still vulnerable and her relationship with Jake will endure.

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