Wu Ting
How would you interpret the pronoun ‘it’ in the sentence? How would you interpret the pronoun ‘it’ in the sentence ‘It's a charming place’? Does it refer to the villa the other speaker lived in? Or does it refer to the whole area? It would seem to be weird if it refers to the whole area, because there was a war right then. What do you think? Thanks. It’s from A Farewell to Arms by Ernest Hemingway (Chapter 9).the context: The Britisher leaned over me. "Are you hit badly?" he asked. He was a tall man and wore steel-rimmed spectacles. "In the legs." "It's not serious I hope. Will you have a cigarette?" "Thanks." "They tell me you've lost two drivers." "Yes. One killed and the fellow that brought you." "What rotten luck. Would you like us to take the cars?" "That's what I wanted to ask you." "We'd take quite good care of them and return them to the villa. 206 aren't you?" "Yes." "It's a charming place. I've seen you about. They tell me you're an American." "Yes."
Apr 19, 2016 10:39 AM
Answers · 3
"It" refers to the villa where the protagonist was staying with his unit. The ambulance driver didn't live there, but only asked if he should borrow the cars to transport the wounded soldiers.
April 19, 2016
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