Islands in the Stream Part 3, Chapter 2 Summary

Ernest Hemingway

Part 3, Chapter 2 Summary

Thomas Hudson looks out at the line of surf and tries not to think about the situation, but he has it all figured out by the time Ara and Henry appear. The two men report that they found one German, dead, shot in the base of the spine and again at the base of the neck. Ara has brought the bullets, and Thomas Hudson reports that he has found some just like them.

Henry asks Thomas Hudson his thoughts on the reason the German was killed, but Thomas Hudson has no clue. From the fact that the Germans took the village’s boats he surmises that they had not come to make repairs on their own. Henry apologizes for sounding unintelligent, but he wants to do what he can and is glad that they have at last made contact with the enemy. Thomas Hudson corrects him, stating that they have not made contact, but they do have a scent.

Henry wants to know who killed the German sailor he and Ara found. Thomas Hudson speculates that, since he was shot in the spine, it was “family trouble.” To save the sailor from a slow death, somewhat shot him in the neck to put him out of his misery. The empty shell casings were removed, so he also deduces that the shooter is very methodical.

Ara asks where the Germans would take the boats. Thomas Hudson points out that they must have headed South because they cannot go North. Although he does not have much information, Thomas Hudson assures his crew they will get the Germans eventually.

The Germans have taken all the animals, and Thomas Hudson points out they will have to feed them. Ara goes to round up the other men, and Henry goes to haul water. Henry asks yet again if they will capture the Germans, begging forgiveness for being stupid. Thomas Hudson warns him they will have to fight. Henry promises to do his duty. He wishes he could practice fighting because it has been a long time since he has been in battle.

Ara asks Thomas Hudson where the Germans lost their boat. He assumes it was near their present location. Ara and Henry leave, and Thomas Hudson tries to take a nap, but he cannot sleep. He thinks of the inhumanity of the Germans. He also speculates on the possibility of an attack on Cuba. With that, he at last falls asleep.