From Chapters 10-11 of The Sun Also Rises, compare Bill and Jake’s comments on surroundings with Cohn’s for appropriateness. How is this indicative of the way Robert and Jake approach life? How does this impact the deterioration of Jake and Robert’s relationship?
The presence of Brett Ashley, a beautiful, but emasculating woman who wears her hair combed back more like a man and whose name is even masculine, causes some dissension among the men. For, after learning that Brett has been with Cohn in San Sebastian, Jake feels resentment toward him. Sensing this, the Jewish Cohn makes a comment about the cathedral that is pejorative to the Catholic Jake. Bill, too, remarks upon Cohn's arrogance in thinking that Brett wishes to see him again. And, when Robert wishes to tell the waiter that he does not want more meat, Jake and Bill do not interpret for him.
Further, Jake begins to really dislike Robert who thinks he has some claim on Brett, believing that she has made a date to meet him again in San Sebastian despite being with Mike. Jake is jealous and goes to the station with Robert to enjoy Robert's disappointment when Brett and Mike do not show up. Then, the next day after Jake has gone to bed while Bill and Robert have stayed up late drinking, Bill talks with Jake. After telling Jake that he has stayed out with Robert, Bill facetiously asks Jake,
"Haven't you got some more Jewish friends you could bring along?"
"You've got some fine ones yourself."
"Oh, yes. I've got some darbs. But not alongside of Robert Cohen. The funny thing is he's nice, too. I like him. But he's just so awful."
Robert Cohn has effected a rift between Jake and his friend Bill.