In Our Time Ch VII

While the bombardment was knocking the trench to pieces at Fossalta, he lay very flat and sweated and prayed oh jesus christ get me out of here. Dear jesus please get me out. Christ please please please christ. If you’ll only keep me from getting killed I’ll do anything that you say. I believe in you and I’ll tell every one in the world that you are the only one that matters. […] The next night back at Mestre he did not tell the girl he went upstairs with at the Villa Rossa about Jesus. And he never told anybody” (67).

lowercase-> disbelief, turning to what other’s believe… he begs for life but does not thank/give back. very selfish and sinful (esp with girl), ungrateful. But also in a tough life situation as a soldier.. killing is a sin but he must to survive. tricky

Hemingway, Ernest. In Our Time. New York: Scribner, 1996.

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