Book I, Chapter 1 Summary and Analysis
Robert Cohn: Princeton grad; Jake’s tennis partner; Frances’ lover
Jake Barnes: narrator
Frances: Robert’s girlfriend
Braddocks: Robert’s literary friend
Spider Kelly: Robert’s college boxing coach; only mentioned in story
Robert Cohn is introduced as an integral character whose life is filled with insecurities. At Princeton, he had taken up boxing as a defense mechanism for insecurities of being Jewish. He was overmatched and got his nose flattened, which made him dislike boxing but like the power his skill could give him. No one from school remembers him.
His shyness made him marry...
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