Chapter 4 Summary

As Robert Jordan approaches the cave with Anselmo, he checks the packs of dynamite. Verifying that all is well, he takes them with him into the cave. He sees that Pablo and the gypsy have been joined by three other men. Pilar (Pablo’s wife) is standing over the fire, and Maria is beside her. Pablo objects to having the dynamite in the cave.

Robert Jordan informs Pablo that Agustin is dying of boredom as he waits above. Pablo is unconcerned. When Robert Jordan asks for wine, Pablo tells him that there is little left. Robert Jordan then asks for water, which Maria brings to him. He brings out a hip flask, which contains absinthe. He explains to Maria that it is too strong for her. He carefully prepares the mixture,...

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