Book I, Chapter 1 Summary and Analysis

New Characters
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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