Soldiers not only suffer in the battlefield. Veterans often need long term care owing to the physical
and psychological impacts of war. A good example of this, is the narrator in Ernest Hemingway’s story
“In Another Country” . He tells us not so much about the war itself but the aftermath. About what it has
done to his whole being. Living with its memory, the memory that made him so afraid because of the
damage that it caused him. So damaged, that it scares him too much to even think about going back
into the war. Scared that instead of maybe being much stronger the next time he returns to the
front, he will just be much weaker and may just end up being damaged even more.
Throughout the story the narrator shows us every aspect of his memories, every battle that he’s going
through. How he’s trying to get out of the war that others, who have not experienced the actual battle
do not have access to. How he manage to deal with it and live with it with his dignity, still intact.
The narrator talks about his physical battle, “My knee did not bend and the leg dropped straight from
the knee to the ankle without a calf, and the machine was to bend the knee and make it move as in
riding a tricycle. But it did not bend yet, and instead the machine lurched when it came to the bending
part.” He faces this battle and tries to do something about it, by going to the hospital every afternoon
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meeting with the doctor hopeful that the machines will help heal his injury, “Beyond the old hospital
were the new brick pavilions, and there we met every afternoon and were all very polite and interested
in what was the matter, and sat in the machines that were to make so much difference.” The idea is
that the machine will help heal the body and make so much difference. Ironic it seems, when he was a
soldier in an industrial war, machines helps destruction. In contrast to machines as a weapon for war
and machines in the hospital as a way to heal. This sad irony somehow discourages the thought that it is
possible to be completely healed. The disappointment was strongly reflected by the Italian major when
he mocks the doctor’s suggestion of becoming a champion once again. “And will I too play football,
captain-doctor?” he said. He mocks the doctor again when he showed him photos taken before and
after treatment of the damaged hand. “A wound?” he asked. “An industrial accident,” the doctor said.
“Very interesting, very interesting,” the major said, and handed it back to the doctor. “You have
confidence?” “No,” said the major. The narrator is very much different from the major. Even though he’s
almost completely broken in and out, he still remains hopeful in a way. He didn’t even seem to realize
the sad irony or reality that maybe he can never be truly healed until he heard the Italian major dispels
the possibility that his hand will recover.
He also talks about his psychological battle, “In the fall the war was always there, but we did not go to it
anymore. It was cold in the fall in Milan and the dark came very early. Then the electric lights came on,
and it was pleasant along the streets looking in the windows. There was much game hanging outside the
shops, and the snow powdered in the fur of foxes and the wind blew their tails. The dear hung stiff and
heavy and empty, and small birds blew in the wind and the wind turned their feathers. It was a cold fall
and the wind came down from the mountains.” He tells us what is going through his mind. Almost
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everything he encounters, sees or even feel reminds him of the war. He really is living with it, It’s like the
air that he breathes but instead of giving him life, it poisons his mind with death. The war was always
there. His life was never and will never be the same again because the war has changed everything,
specially the way he perceives the world. It’s as if he’s living in a different world, place or country.
Trapped in its coldness and darkness.
Anyone placed in his shoes would be completely hopeless. But him, he is still hopeful. Hopeful that
someday he will figure out the answers and find the truth. He seeks the light and finds comfort in it even
just a bit. He tries to dream so that he can get out of his living nightmare. He dreams to be married
someday, to live the American dream. Escaped from the war and in the right place where everyone else
is. Like a little boy, He told the major who became his mentor this dream of his but the major shut him
“What will you do when the war is over if it is over?” he asked me. “Speak grammatically!”
“I will go to the states.”
“Are you married?”
“No, but I hope to be.”
“The more of a fool you are”, he said. He seemed very angry. “A man must not marry.”
“Why, ‘Signor Maggiore.’”
“Why must not a man marry?”
“He cannot marry. He cannot marry,” he said angrily. “If he is to lose everything, he should not place
himself in a position to lose that. He should not place himself in a position to lose. He should find things
he cannot lose.”
He thought maybe he’ll be happy for him and he’ll understand. Besides he’s the only person he could
really relate to, the closest he could get at least. He couldn’t even believe it, when the major disagreed
to his dream. Imagine a mentor; a person you look up to shuts your only hope or dream down. Maybe
that dream of his will just be nothing more than a fantasy after all.