In Another Country

by

Ernest Hemingway

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The Boy With Three Medals Character Analysis

The narrator describes him as a tall boy from Milan with a “very pale face” who had been awarded three medals. He had served as a lieutenant in the Arditi, an elite force in the Italian army during World War I, but planned to be a lawyer. The narrator says he has become a “little detached” as he “had lived a very long time with death.”

The Boy With Three Medals Quotes in In Another Country

The In Another Country quotes below are all either spoken by The Boy With Three Medals or refer to The Boy With Three Medals. 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

We walked the short way through the communist quarter because we were four together. The people hated us because we were officers, and from a wineshop some one would call out, “A basso gli ufficiali!” as we passed.

Page Number: 207
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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
Explanation and Analysis:

I was a friend, but I was never really one of them after they had read the citations, because it had been different with them and they had done very different things to get their medals.

Related Symbols: Medals
Page Number: 208
Explanation and Analysis:

The three with the medals were like hunting-hawks; and I was not a hawk, although I might seem a hawk to those who had never hunted; they, the three, knew better and so we drifted apart.

Related Symbols: Medals
Page Number: 208
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The Boy With Three Medals Character Timeline in In Another Country

The timeline below shows where the character The Boy With Three Medals appears in In Another Country. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
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...every day to receive treatment. They are all from Milan, and want to be a lawyer, painter, and soldier, respectively. After they finish with the machines they walk together to the... (full context)
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...with three medals is tall with a very pale face. He wants to become a lawyer and served as a lieutenant in the Arditi. He was had been very familiar with... (full context)