The Sun Also Rises | Study Guide

Ernest Hemingway

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The Sun Also Rises | Book 1, Chapter 5 | Summary



The next morning Jake shares a taxi with two other writers to his office. They chat about last night's events and their upcoming tennis dates. Cohn is waiting at the office to take Jake out for lunch. He brings up South America again, with Jake unsuccessfully encouraging Cohn to take Frances instead. Cohn admits he doesn't really love Frances anymore and says he might be in love with Brett. Jake speaks coolly about Brett, telling Cohn not to pursue her because she is a drunk and in love with her fiancé, Mike Campbell. When Cohn accuses Jake of being bitter about Brett, Jake tells Cohn to "go to hell," and Cohn threatens to leave the table. Cohn apologizes and they continue a somewhat tense lunch.


Once again Cohn and Jake are directly contrasted through their lunchtime conversation. Cohn remains idealistic and romantic, still searching for happiness and love, while Jake remains bitter, cynical, and sarcastic, betraying his insecurity. Jake does not want Cohn to know he loves Brett; that would make him vulnerable. Cohn didn't lose his idealistic romanticism in the war, so he has no trouble admitting his infatuation. When Cohn calls Jake out about his emotions, Jake threatens to leave rather than admit his feelings. Similarly Cohn still believes in honor and responsibility, which is why he stays with Frances even though he no longer loves her. The lost generation, those who lost everything during the war, would never put someone else's feelings above their own; this further highlights the separation between veterans like Jake and civilians like Cohn.

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