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A Farewell to Arms | Study Guide

Ernest Hemingway

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A Farewell to Arms | Characters

Character Description
Henry Lieutenant Frederic Henry is the novel's narrator. While working as an ambulance driver in the war, he falls in love with a British nurse. Read More
Catherine Catherine Barkley is a British nurse who falls in love with an injured soldier after the death of her fiancé. Read More
Rinaldi Lieutenant Rinaldi is a gregarious Italian surgeon who loves women and drinking. Read More
Aymo Aymo is the ambulance driver killed by friendly fire during the Italian retreat.
Bonello Bonello is a foul-mouthed, dishonorable soldier who volunteers to kill the sergeant Henry shoots when the man flees the Italian army.
Count Greffi Count Greffi is a 94-year-old mentor with whom Henry plays billiards at the hotel.
Emilio Emilio is the bartender at the hotel in Stresa who alerts Henry to his impending arrest and helps him escape.
Gino Gino is a brave Italian soldier who represents patriotic honor and glory in war.
Helen Ferguson Helen Ferguson, a fellow British nurse, is Catherine's protective best friend.
Miss Van Campen Miss Van Campen is the head nurse at the Milan hospital who dislikes Henry and has him sent back to the front after he contracts jaundice.
Moretti Ettore Moretti is a distinguished Italian American soldier and braggart whose main goal in life is military accomplishment.
Mrs. Walker Mrs. Walker is an American nurse who works alongside Catherine at the Milan hospital.
Passini Passini is the disillusioned ambulance driver whom Henry valiantly fails to save after a trench mortar explodes.
Piani Piani is Bonello's friend and an anarchist who accompanies Henry during the retreat.
Ralph Simmons Ralph Simmons is an opera student who lends Henry civilian clothing during his escape.
The Major The major is Henry's commanding officer who admits to becoming disillusioned as the war drags on.
The Priest The priest is Henry's confidant during his service with the Italian army and a symbol of living a religious "high life."
Valentini Dr. Valentini is the brash, daring surgeon who agrees to operate immediately on Henry's leg despite the other doctors' hesitance.
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