In Another Country

by

Ernest Hemingway

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The Boy With No Nose Character Analysis

An officer the same age as the narrator, he was injured in his first hour in battle after joining the military fresh from the academy. He came from an “old”—meaning from a wealthy, high-class—family, and the hospital could never recreate the noble nose of his forbears. Later, he moves to South America, likely because of the shame of losing his inherited features. He and the narrator remain good friends, the narrator says, because neither of them had proved their bravery on the battlefield, and as such feel comfortable together.

The Boy With No Nose Quotes in In Another Country

The In Another Country quotes below are all either spoken by The Boy With No Nose or refer to The Boy With No Nose. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
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). Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Scribner edition of In Another Country published in 1987.
In Another Country Quotes

He had lived a very long time with death and was a little detached. We were all a little detached, and there was nothing that held us together except that we met every afternoon at the hospital.

Related Symbols: Medals
Page Number: 207
Explanation and Analysis:

[…] we felt held together by there being something that had happened that they, the people who disliked us, did not understand.

Page Number: 208
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The Boy With No Nose Character Timeline in In Another Country

The timeline below shows where the character The Boy With No Nose appears in In Another Country. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
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Sometimes a boy with no nose walks with them. He wears a handkerchief over his face because it hasn’t been reconstructed... (full context)
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All of them have medals, except the boy with no nose because there was no time for him to earn any. The boy with three medals... (full context)
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...know better and as such the group drifts apart. The narrator stays good friends with the boy with no nose , however, because he thinks he is not a hawk either, and they’ll never know... (full context)