What is the message of the story "In Another Country"?

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As a Modernist story, Hemingway's "In Another Country" reflects the increasing sense of the uncertainty of the human experience and the apparent meaninglessness of life.  The narrative begins with odd lines that reflect these themes,

In the fall the war was always there, but we did not go to it any more.

The narrator and five Italian soldiers go to a hospital in Milan where they receive therapy for war-related injuries. However, the American soldier who is the narrator finds himself unlike the Italians in more than nationality.  For one thing, he has acquired his medal from an accidental injury, rather than one from battle.  But, despite their differences, there is a detachment that describes the men in their sense of unity because they have shared in the war experience. 

The major, whose injured hand has now withered, comes every day regularly despite his not believing in the therapy machines.  Nevertheless, he adheres to form and does what is expected of him.  For, this is...

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