The Sun Also Rises | Study Guide

Ernest Hemingway

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The Sun Also Rises | Book 2, Chapter 11 | Summary

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Jake and Bill board the bus to Burguete, which is filled with locals called Basques. They chat with the locals and share wine, drinking heavily and enjoying the countryside. The Americans are clearly out of place, not fully understanding the language or local customs, such as not tipping. They meet a local who spent 15 years in America before moving back to Spain, but the English conversation quickly tires the old man.

They arrive at their hotel in the mountains and are shocked to learn the price. It is much higher than they were paying in Pamplona, but it includes all their food and drink. They decide to make the most of it by drinking heavily, teaching the young woman who works there how to make hot rum punch. That night Jake sleeps peacefully, listening to the wind blow outside his window.

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Jake and Bill are eager to see new parts of the world, but they are awkward in new surroundings, which provides some comedy. They try to tip the woman making their drinks, and they are surprised by the cost of the hotel. There is something comforting to the travelers in meeting the old local who lived in America 40 years ago. Bill and Jake are eager to partake in Spanish customs—happily passing around the skin of wine shared by the locals—yet they are equally eager to relax with hometown comforts, like hot rum punch.

Before leaving Pamplona Jake shares a drink with a Basque on the bus, who jokes around with Jake by making a klaxon sound (like a horn), causing him to jump and spill his drink. Although it's just a joke Jake flinches every time, showing a sensitivity to loud noises perhaps held over from the war. Jake is typically a poor sleeper, but being in nature obviously assuages his issues and he enjoys a peaceful night.

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