How would you interpret this phrase?
How would you interpret this phrase ‘the mountain that was beyond the valley and the hillside where the chestnut forest grew was captured’?
Which was captured? Only the mountain, or both the mountain and the hillside?
Thanks. It’s from A Farewell to Arms by Ernest Hemingway.
The next year there were many victories. The mountain that was beyond the valley and the hillside where the chestnut forest grew was captured and there were victories beyond the plain on the plateau to the south and we crossed the river in August and lived in a house in Gorizia that had a fountain and many thick shady trees in a walled garden and a wistaria vine purple on the side of the house.In the previous chapter, there are two sentences regarding the mountain and the chestnut forest:
To the north we could look across a valley and see a forest of chestnut trees and behind it another mountain on this side of the river. There was fighting for that mountain too, but it was not successful, and in the fall when the rains came the leaves all fell from the chestnut trees and the branches were bare and the trunks black with rain.