Why is the narrator in Milan in Ernest Hemingway's In Another Country?

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Payal Khullar | College Teacher | (Level 2) Associate Educator

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The unnamed narrator in Ernest Hemingway’s much popular short story In Another Country is an American man who serves as a soldier during the First World War in Italy. While fighting in the war, the narrator gets a severe injury on his knee. Actually, he gets wounded accidently and not because of a heroic act in the war. In any case, he is given a few bravery medals and is sent to Milan, Italy to take rest as well as to recover from this physical injury. Thus, he is in Milan for rehabilitation. The narrator, along with five injured Italian soldiers, receives some physical therapy treatment with the help of machines in a local hospital in Milan. Although he goes to the hospital daily in the afternoon to get the treatment done, he has little faith in the medical machines.