A Farewell to Arms | Study Guide

Ernest Hemingway

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Timeline of Events

  • Winter 1916

    The novel opens. Henry returns from leave to find that nothing has changed on the front.

    Book 1, Chapter 3
  • Winter 1916

    Henry is introduced to Catherine Barkley. The two begin a complex seduction.

    Book 1, Chapter 4
  • Spring 1917

    Henry is wounded and sent to a hospital in Milan to recover. Catherine joins him there.

    Book 1, Chapter 9
  • Autumn 1917

    Catherine reveals that she is pregnant as Henry prepares for three weeks of convalescent leave.

    Book 2, Chapter 21
  • Autumn 1917

    Henry leads the ambulance drivers during the Italian retreat from the German advance.

    Book 3, Chapter 28
  • Autumn 1917

    Henry shoots an officer.

    Book 3, Chapter 29
  • Autumn 1917

    Henry escapes capture.

    Book 3, Chapter 30
  • Autumn 1917

    Henry is reunited with Catherine.

    Book 4, Chapter 34
  • Winter 1917–18

    Catherine and Henry pass the winter in Switzerland, awaiting the baby's birth.

    Book 5, Chapter 38
  • Spring 1918

    Catherine and the baby die during childbirth.

    Book 5, Chapter 41

Chapter Summaries Chart

Chapter Summary
Book 1, Chapter 1 An unnamed narrator describes the city where he lives during an unnamed war. He describes soldiers marching up the stree... Read More
Book 1, Chapter 2 A year passes without much change. The troops moves to Gorizia, an Italian city that has been preserved during the warti... Read More
Book 1, Chapter 3 Lieutenant Henry returns to Gorizia after leave. Everything is exactly as he left it, which surprises him. The only chan... Read More
Book 1, Chapter 4 Rinaldi takes Henry to the hospital to meet Miss Barkley (Catherine). Henry and Catherine discuss the war, including the... Read More
Book 1, Chapter 5 Henry investigates a new road, knowing that as soon as it is finished the offensive will start again. After dinner he vi... Read More
Book 1, Chapter 6 After three days away at post, Henry returns and visits Catherine, who behaves strangely, treating him as if he has been... Read More
Book 1, Chapter 7 The war is set to resume in two days. Sitting in his ambulance, watching regiments march by, Henry notices a soldier tra... Read More
Book 1, Chapter 8 Henry is sent to Plava with his ambulance in preparation for an attack that night. While driving to the front, Henry sto... Read More
Book 1, Chapter 9 Henry arrives at the front and describes the military scene. He hands out cigarettes to the other drivers, and they enga... Read More
Book 1, Chapter 10 Rinaldi visits Henry in the hospital, arriving flamboyantly with a bottle of scotch. Rinaldi talks incessantly, announci... Read More
Book 1, Chapter 11 The priest visits Henry in the hospital, bearing gifts of mosquito netting, vermouth, and English newspapers. He is slig... Read More
Book 1, Chapter 12 Henry learns that he will be transported to Milan for surgery and that Catherine has been transferred to the same hospit... Read More
Book 2, Chapter 13 Henry is removed from the train and taken to the hospital by two bumbling porters. They bend his injured legs to stuff h... Read More
Book 2, Chapter 14 When Henry wakes, an Italian barber visits and gives him a rough shave after mistaking him for an Austrian. The barber a... Read More
Book 2, Chapter 15 Three bumbling doctors visit Henry and announce that he must wait six months before his leg can undergo an operation. He... Read More
Book 2, Chapter 16 Catherine stays with Henry on the night before his surgery, careful to avoid detection. They fantasize about their futur... Read More
Book 2, Chapter 17 Henry wakes from his surgery, which has gone well. He shares a drink with his morning nurse, Helen Ferguson (Fergy), who... Read More
Book 2, Chapter 18 Henry and Catherine enjoy a lovely summer while he recovers from surgery. It is everything either of them had hoped for.... Read More
Book 2, Chapter 19 Henry begins therapies to heal his leg and enable him to return to the front. Once he is off crutches, it is more diffic... Read More
Book 2, Chapter 20 Henry, Catherine, and a group of their friends visit the racetrack with Mr. Meyers, a local man with insight on the odds... Read More
Book 2, Chapter 21 Henry shares a drink with a British major on a cool afternoon. Henry and the British major discuss the way the war has t... Read More
Book 2, Chapter 22 The next morning it is raining hard, and Henry is wet when he returns to his hospital room. Miss Van Campen waits for hi... Read More
Book 2, Chapter 23 Henry prepares to return to the front. While out for a walk with Catherine, he decides at the last minute to rent a hote... Read More
Book 2, Chapter 24 It is raining when Henry and Catherine say good-bye at the train station. Henry had sent the porter ahead to save him a ... Read More
Book 3, Chapter 25 Henry returns to the front lines. The road in is covered in wet leaves from the rain. The major tells him that it has be... Read More
Book 3, Chapter 26 After dinner the priest joins Henry in his room, and they discuss the war. The conversation focuses on which would be be... Read More
Book 3, Chapter 27 In the morning Henry investigates the area where the most intense fighting has happened, surveying the damage. He meets ... Read More
Book 3, Chapter 28 Henry's unit travels through a town deserted during the retreat. Along the way Bonello picks up two sergeants separated ... Read More
Book 3, Chapter 29 The ambulance gets stuck in a field. Henry orders the two sergeants to help cut brush for the tires to grip as the other... Read More
Book 3, Chapter 30 The drivers cross a bridge to get to the village of Udine. They are careful, hoping it is not wired to explode. As they ... Read More
Book 3, Chapter 31 After floating awhile, clinging to timber, Henry pulls himself from the river. He dries out his shoes and clothes, cuts ... Read More
Book 3, Chapter 32 Lying in the train, Henry thinks about all his friends and wonders what happens to them. He knows Piani will tell his of... Read More
Book 4, Chapter 33 Henry drops off the train in Milan. He stops first in a coffee shop for breakfast. The proprietor seems intent on hiding... Read More
Book 4, Chapter 34 Still wearing civilian clothing, Henry boards a train to Stresa. The city is practically deserted. He visits a familiar ... Read More
Book 4, Chapter 35 An aged aristocrat whom Henry befriended the last time he stayed at the hotel invites him to play billiards with him tha... Read More
Book 4, Chapter 36 A terrible storm breaks out that night. Emilio knocks on the door and informs Henry that the police are planning to arre... Read More
Book 4, Chapter 37 Henry rows furiously through the night. His hands are sore and blistered, but it does not stop him. Catherine sits regal... Read More
Book 5, Chapter 38 Henry and Catherine move into a house in the mountains and spend a romantic winter together, walking in the woods, eatin... Read More
Book 5, Chapter 39 Henry and Catherine take a walk in the woods. When they rest they discuss how having a child might change their lives. C... Read More
Book 5, Chapter 40 It rains so hard that the couple decides to leave their romantic getaway in the mountains and return to the city, closer... Read More
Book 5, Chapter 41 Catherine wakes with contractions in the early morning. She and Henry travel to the hospital, where Catherine jokes exci... Read More
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