"Upstairs I met the nurse coming down the hall.
"I just called you at the hotel," she said. Something dropped inside me.
"What is wrong?"
"Mrs. Henry has had a hemorrhage."
"Can I go in?"
"No, not yet. The doctor is with her."
"Is it dangerous?"
"It is very dangerous.""
"But after I had got them out and shut the door and turned off the light it wasn't any good. It was like saying good-by to a statue. After a while I went out and left the hospital and walked back to the hotel in the rain."
The main characters of this novel are Frederic Henry, an American officer of the Italian army, and his lover Catherine Barkley. Henry is also the narrator. The first person narrator in the novel is central and subjective. He judges about all the events from his point of view. In my opinion, the author of the novel wanted to express his own opinion through the mouth of the main character.
Many character drawing devices are used in the novel. Author reveals his characters by means of portrait: "Miss Barkley was quite tall. She wore what seemed to me to be a nurse's uniform, was blonde and had a tawny skin and grey eyes. I thought she was very beautiful.", inner monologue: " So that was it. The...