What is the conflict of the story "In Another Country" by Ernest Hemingway?

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The conflict of the story, "In Another Country", is a subtle emotional conflict regarding the possibility of emotional rehabilitation.

The narrator has been injured and is undergoing a rehabilitation program on machines. However, his injury is not entirely physical. The mechanized rehabilitation program is therefore somewhat ironic. 

The isolation the narrator feels cannot be overcome by machines and cannot be overcome by a recovery from his injury. Something critical that once connected the narrator to the world has been severed. 

We see a powerful example of this kind of severance in the major. The major suffers the loss of his young wife unexpectedly when she dies. This loss leads to bitterness and a further loss of dignity. The major becomes isolated from the narrator and cannot believe in the potential for recovery. He "cannot resign" himself to his loss and so is bound to continue to suffer from it, an emotional injury that cannot be overcome.

The narrator's conflict is, essentially, the same as he struggles to see a path to emotional and psychological recovery after the loss of his confidence, his idealism, and his health.



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