Yes, let's do that.
Yes, we will.
What will you read dear?
I'll read A Farewell to Arms. It's by Ernest Hemingway.
I've heard it's good.
I've heard it's good, too.
When was it published?
I don't know. What will you read, dear?
I'll read over your shoulder, dear. You're so wonderful.
No, it's you that's wonderful. You're so dear. Come and read with me.
|Gary Cooper, Helen Hayes, and Adolph Menjou in the|
The story has been filmed twice. The 1932 version starred Gary Cooper and Helen Hayes; the 1957 treatment featured Rock Hudson and Jennifer Jones. Although Hudson more closely resembled the young Hemingway, it's the Cooper version we want to see. Unfortunately, Deborah Kerr, the ideal Catherine Barkley, is in neither.
|The Italian retreat from Caporetto|
The ruminations on Rome begin after several glasses of brandy. The "I" is Henry:
I'm sure Mr. Hemingway is a fine writer, dear, but he seems a trifle confused about Rome, don't you think?
Yes he does.
Let's go to Rome! It would be splendid. I don't believe it's full of fleas. We could leave tomorrow.
That's a wonderful idea, dear. You're so sweet. We'll have breakfast in bed, and take the first train. .