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A Farewell to Arms | Study Guide

Ernest Hemingway

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A Farewell to Arms | Book 4, Chapter 36 | Summary



A terrible storm breaks out that night. Emilio knocks on the door and informs Henry that the police are planning to arrest him in the morning. He suggests rowing to Switzerland, 35 kilometers (about 22 miles) away. Henry wakes Catherine, and the two quickly pack their bags. They meet Emilio outside, get in his boat, and start rowing.


Although it has been raining for most of the novel, the storm during their escape is the worst rain thus far. It saturates every detail in the chapter: rain lashes against the window, drips onto the floor from Emilio's wet clothing, and soaks the couple as they prepare. Suspense and fear grow with each mention of the cold, dark water.

Emilio proves to be a true friend to Henry, informing him of the impending arrest even though he puts himself in danger by doing so. He packs provisions for the couple's journey and all but gives away his rowboat. By creating an ally in Emilio, Hemingway avoids anti-Italian sentiments. Hemingway's use of characters like Emilio reminds the reader that the common man is not to blame for the horrors of war.

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