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With Hemingway's Code Heroes, code is synonymous for a set of guidelines for conduct. For the wounded officer who is the narrator, the main guideline for him is to endure in a life that has been changed unalterably by injury; the narrator describes himself as "detached." He is even separated from the other wounded officers with whom he goes out at night:
I was a friend, but I was never really one of them after they had read the citations [for his medals] because it had been different with them and they had done very different things to get their medals.
Nevertheless, the narrator is not ashamed of these medals. Still, he knows that he is "very much afraid to die," unlike the others who so bravely faced death and acted anyway. But, he does not display his fear and uncertainty about what his life will be like after he returns to war. Instead, he maintains his "grace under pressure" and an objective tone to his narration amidst an uncertain and bewildering world. Further, his recounting of his interaction with the Italian major is the narrator's way of conveying the image of the perfect code hero through whom the narrator himself gleans insight into his own life and the disillusionment of war.
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