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What does "It was like saying goodbye to a statue" mean in the ending to "A Farewell to Arms"?

The important context here is that Frederic is alone in a hospital room with the body of Catherine, his dead lover. Now we can understand the similie. On a literal level, this means that Frederic's ...
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A Farewell To Arms - Dialogue between Henry and the priest in chapter XI

I'll start with the simple question: "That is an accident" refers to being wounded. Hemingway wrote of being wounded as "an accident" in some of his other stories. Regarding "it": Henry becomes ...
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A Farewell To Arms - Dialogue between Henry and the priest in chapter XI

After reading the part again I think it stands literally for the war itself. Since Henry serves in a medical unit he doesn't fight on the front and being in charge of the mechanics he might not ...
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