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How many courses in the context? I think there is only one course, that is the spaghetti, right? And they kept drinking the wine while eating the spaghetti, right? Thanks. It’s from A Farewell to Arms by Ernest Hemingway. the context: That night in the mess after the spaghetti course, which every one ate very quickly and seriously, lifting the spaghetti on the fork until the loose strands hung clear then lowering it into the mouth, or else using a continuous lift and sucking into the mouth, helping ourselves to wine from the grass-covered gallon flask; it swung in a metal cradle and you pulled the neck of the flask down with the forefinger and the wine, clear red, tannic and lovely, poured out into the glass held with the same hand; after this course, the captain commenced picking on the priest.
Dec 30, 2015 9:15 AM
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The fact that the writer uses the word 'course' indicates that there must be other courses in the meal. He wouldn't have written 'course' if the meal had just consisted of a plate of spaghetti. We can assume that there will be another course after this. In Italy, meals generally have a pasta course, such as spaghetti, followed by the main course. And yes, they're drinking wine at the same time as eating the spaghetti.
December 30, 2015
Wu Ting
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