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One of the first things you notice in the story is the loneliness of the characters. This loneliness is reinforced by the setting of the story. First, it is told by an American who is isolated in an Italian hospital. The hospital itself is located "across a bridge" from the town. When the officers go to the town, they are not well-liked. This separates the main character even further. Finally, notice the title of the story "In Another Country". The narrator is in a strange country, and has even been taken away from the war he came to fight. All of this leads to a mood of loneliness and sadness.
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