Jake Barnes, the narrator, has been having a drink with a published novelist, Jake Cohn, whom he does not particularly like, but he plays tennis with him. In a while, Jake makes his excuses and settles somethere else where he invites a poule to join him for supper. Together, then, Jake and the prostitute take a carriage and, while on the carriage, Georgette attempts to engage in some sexual activity, but Jake tells her to "forget it," explaining that he has been injured in the war.
In a while, Jake asks the driver to stop so they can enter a restaurant that serves good food, Jake tells Georgette. Soon, he hears some people calling to him, so after their meal, Jake and Georgette go to their table. The group is composed of Mrs. Braddocks, Robert Cohn, Frances Clyne, Robert's mistress, and several others that Jake does not know.
- In a moment of perverse humor, Jack introduces Georgette to them as he fiancée. The group moves to a bal musette in the Rue de la Montagne Sainte Geneviève (Mount St. Geneviève Street).
- Then, Lady Brett Ashley enters with a group of male homosexuals, about whom she jokes to Jake that she is "safe." But, Jake would like to "pop one of them."
- When Cohn is introduced to her, he is immediately infatuated with her great looks and shape that Jake rather crudely describes as having "curves like the hull of a racing yacht...."
- While one of the gay men dances with Georgette, Lady Brett tells Jake, "Oh, darling, I've been so miserable."
- Jake comments that "This who show makes me sick."