Wu Ting
How would you interpret this phrase? How would you interpret this phrase ‘it was cool in the summer at night’ in the second to last sentence? I think it describes Abruzzi, not Aquila. What do you think? Thanks. It’s from A Farewell to Arms by Ernest Hemingway (Chapter 11).the context: At Capracotta, he had told me, there were trout in the stream below the town. It was forbidden to play the flute at night. When the young men serenaded only the flute was forbidden. Why, I had asked. Because it was bad for the girls to hear the flute at night. The peasants all called you "Don" and when you met them they took off their hats. His father hunted every day and stopped to eat at the houses of peasants. They were always honored. For a foreigner to hunt he must present a certificate that he had never been arrested. There were bears on the Gran Sasso D'Italia but it was a long way. Aquila was a fine town. It was cool in the summer at night and the spring in Abruzzi was the most beautiful in Italy. But what was lovely was the fall to go hunting through the chestnut woods.
May 18, 2016 2:58 PM
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I would say it's talking about Aquila. I have to assume the first idea is about the last city that was mentioned, which was Aquila. If you want to present two separate ideas about one subject you need to be clear about what the subject is at the beginning, especially when you are changing subjects. To make this whole sentence about Abruzzi, this would be a way to do it: "It was cool in the summer in Abruzzi at night and the spring was the most beautiful in Italy."
May 19, 2016
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