"_One generation passeth away, and another generation cometh; but the earth abideth forever... The sun also ariseth, and the sun goeth down, and hasteth to the place where he arose... The wind goeth toward the south, and turneth about unto the north; it whirleth about continually, and the wind returneth again according to his circuits. .. . All the rivers run into the sea; yet the sea is not full; unto the place from whence the rivers come, thither they return again_."
"There you go. And you claim you want to be a writer too. You're only a newspaper man. An expatriated newspaper man. You ought to be ironical the minute you get out of bed. You ought to wake up with your mouth full of pity."
"Everybody. Don't you read? Don't you ever see anybody? You know what you are? You're an expatriate. Why don't you live in New York? Then you'd know these things. What do you want me to do? Come over here and tell you every year?"
"Good. Coffee is good for you. It's the caffeine in it. Caffeine, we are here. Caffeine puts a man on her horse and a woman in his grave. You know what's the trouble with you? You're an expatriate. One of the worst type. Haven't you heard that? Nobody that ever left their own country ever wrote anything worth printing. Not even in the newspapers."
"You're an expatriate. You've lost touch with the soil. You get precious. Fake European standards have ruined you. You drink yourself to death. You become obsessed by sex. You spend all your time talking, not working. You are an expatriate, see? You hang around caf\u00e9s."
think that I am very much impressed by that as a boxing title, but it meant a lot to Cohn. He cared nothing for boxing, in fact he disliked it, but he learned it painfully and thoroughly to counteract the feeling of inferiority and shyness he had felt on being treated as a Jew at Princeton. (\u2026). In his last year at Princeton he read too much and took to wearing spectacles. I never met any
I mistrust all frank and simple people, especially when their stories hold together, and I always had a suspicion that perhaps Robert Cohn had never been middleweight boxing champion, and that perhaps a horse had stepped on his face, or that maybe his mother had been frightened or seen something, or that he had, maybe, bumped into something as a young child, but I finally had somebody verify the story from Spider Kelly. Spider Kelly not only remembered Cohn. He had often wondered what had become of him.
3. After a while we came out of the mountains, and there were trees along both sides of the road, and a stream and ripe fields of grain, and the road went on, very white and straight ahead, and then lifted to a little rise, and off on the left was a hill with an old castle, with buildings close around it and a field of grain going right up to the walls and shifting in the wind. I was up in front with the driver and I turned around. Robert Cohn was asleep, but Bill looked and nodded his head. Then we crossed a wide plain, and there was a big river off on the right shining in the sun from between the line of trees, and away off you could see the plateau of Pamplona rising out of the plain, and the walls of the city, and the great brown cathedral, and the broken skyline of the other churches. In back of the plateau were the mountains, and every way you looked there were other mountains, and ahead the road stretched out white across the plain going toward Pamplona.
We came into the town on the other side of the plateau, the road slanting up steeply and dustily with shade-trees on both sides, and then levelling out through the new part of town they are building up outside the old walls. We passed the bull-ring, high and white and concrete-looking in the sun, and then came into the big square by a side street and stopped in front of the Hotel Montoya.
4. \u201c\u2019She is a drunk,\u2019 I said. \u2018She is in love with Mike Campbell , and she is going
to marry him. He\u2019s going to be rich as hell some day.\u2019
\u2018I don\u2019t believe she\u2019ll ever marry him.\u2019
\u2018I don\u2019t know. I just don\u2019t believe it. Have you known her a long time?\u2019
\u2018Yes,\u2019 I said. \u2018She was a V.A.D. in a hospital I was in during the war.\u2019
\u2018She must have been just a kid then.\u2019
\u2018She\u2019s thirty four now.\u2019
\u2018When did she marry Ashley?\u2019
\u2018During the war. Her own true love had just kicked off with the dysentery.\u2019
\u2018You talk sort of bitter.\u2019
\u2018Sorry I did not mean to. I was just trying to give you the facts.\u2019
\u2018I don\u2019t believe she would marry anybody she didn\u2019t love.\u2019
\u2018Well,\u2019 I said, \u2018She\u2019s done it twice.\u2019
\u2018I don\u2019t believe it.\u2019
\u2018Well,\u2019 I said, don\u2019t ask me a lot of fool questions if you don\u2019t like the answers.\u2019
\u2018I didn\u2019t ask you that.\u2019
\u2018You asked me what I knew about Brett Ashley.\u2019
\u2018I didn\u2019t ask you to insult her.\u2019
\u2018Oh, go to hell.\u2019\u201d
"Don't get drunk, Jake," she said. "You don't have to."
"How do you know?"
"Don't," she said. "You'll be all right."
"I'm not getting drunk," I said. "I'm just drinking a little wine. I like to drink wine."
"Don't get drunk," she said. "Jake, don't get drunk."
"Want to go for a ride?" I said. "Want to ride through the town?"
"Right," Brett said. "I haven't seen Madrid. I should see Madrid."
"I'll finish this," I said.
Down-stairs we came out through the first-floor dining-room to the street. A waiter went for a taxi. It was hot and bright. Up the street was a little square with trees and grass where there were taxis parked. A taxi came up the street, the waiter hanging out at the side. I tipped him and told the driver where to drive, and got in beside Brett. The driver started up the street. I settled back. Brett moved close to me. We sat close against each other. I put my arm around her and she rested against me comfortably. It was very hot and bright, and the houses looked sharply white. We turned out onto the Gran Via.
6. Kilimanjaro is a snow-covered mountain 19,710 feet high, and is said to be the
highest mountain in Africa. Its western summit is called the Masai "Ngaje
Ngai," the House of God. Close to the western summit there is the dried and
frozen carcass of a leopard. No one has explained what the leopard was
seeking at that altitude.
7. There was always gambling then. When there was no snow you gambled and when there was too much you gambled. He thought of all the time in his life he had spent gambling.
But he had never written a line of that, nor of that cold, bright Christmas day
with the mountains showing across the plain that Barker had flown across the
lines to bomb the Austrian officers' leave train, machine-gunning them as
they scattered and ran. He remembered Barker afterwards coming into the
mess and starting to tell about it. And how quiet it got and then somebody
saying, ''You bloody murderous bastard.''
Those were the same Austrians they killed then that he skied with later. No not the same. Hans, that he skied with all that year, had been in the Kaiser Jagers and when they went hunting hares together up the little valley above the saw-mill they had talked of the fighting on Pasubio and of the attack on Perticara and Asalone and he had never written a word of that. Nor of Monte Corona, nor the Sette Communi, nor of Arsiero.
8. It was not her fault that when he went to her he was already over. How could a woman know that you meant nothing that you said; that you spoke only from habit and to be comfortable? After he no longer meant what he said, his lies were more successful with women than when he had told them the truth.
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