Chapter 5 Summary

Robert Jordan steps outside after the evening meal and notes the freshness of the air compared to the stenches in the cave from men, horses, and food. He hears Rafael the gypsy strumming on his guitar, singing a sad song. He hears someone ask Rafael to sing the song about the Catalan. Unwillingly, Rafael complies, singing that it is better to be a “Negro” than a Catalan. Pablo’s voice calls out that there is too much noise. Rafael starts in on another song but Pilar tells him to save it and he stops.

Robert Jordan sees Rafael walk over to a tree, and he approaches Rafael. He knows that Rafael has been affected by the wine and absinthe. Rafael asks Robert Jordan why he did not kill Pablo when he had the chance....

(The entire section is 510 words.)