How would you interpret this phrase?
How would you interpret this phrase ‘With your priest and your English girl’ in the third to last passage?
Does it mean although you have your priest and your English girl?
Or does it mean because of your priest and your English girl? PS: Like the other one he speaks to, the speaker also likes the priest and the English girl.
Thanks. It’s from A Farewell to Arms by Ernest Hemingway (Chapter 10).the context:
"I wish you were back. No one to come in at night from adventures. No one to make fun of. No one to lend me money. No blood brother and roommate. Why do you get yourself wounded?"
"You can make fun of the priest."
"That priest. It isn't me that makes fun of him. It is the captain. I like him. If you must have a priest have that priest. He's coming to see you. He makes big preparations."
"I like him."
"Oh, I knew it. Sometimes I think you and he are a little that way. You know."
"No, you don't."
"Yes, I do sometimes. A little that way like the number of the first regiment of the Brigata Ancona."
"Oh, go to hell."
He stood up and put on his gloves.
"Oh I love to tease you, baby. With your priest and your English girl, and really you are just like me underneath."
"No, I'm not."
"Yes, we are. You are really an Italian. All fire and smoke and nothing inside. You only pretend to be American. We are brothers and we love each other."