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The Sun Also Rises

by Ernest Hemingway

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Book I, Chapter 3 Summary

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Last Updated on April 14, 2023, by eNotes Editorial. Word Count: 259

After Robert departs from the Napolitain, Georgette, who works as a sex worker, walks by and initiates a conversation with Jake. They decide to have dinner together. During the cab ride, Georgette attempts to kiss Jake and touches his genitals, but he stops her advances by saying that he is unwell. Later, he confides in her that he sustained injuries during the war.

During their dinner, she and Jake encounter Cohn, Frances, Mr. and Mrs. Braddocks, and several other individuals. Georgette is introduced by Jake, but she immediately takes a disliking to Frances. Their conversation during the meal centers around Paris before they depart for a dancing hall.

Georgette is currently dancing, while Jake grabs a beer and goes to the doorway to get some fresh air. While standing there, Jake encounters two cabs full of happy, youthful men, accompanied by Brett, who Jake has romantic feelings for.

The group of young men think it would be enjoyable to dance with Georgette because she works as a genuine prostitute. However, Jake is not accepting of their behavior and is very upset. He exits while they continue to take turns dancing with her, feeling both angered and disgusted by the situation.

Brett visits and Jake observes Robert staring at her. Jake invites her to dance, but she demonstrates her lack of interest by dancing with him briefly before departing with Jake. Throughout the evening, Robert observes their movements. Eventually, Jake and Brett depart in a taxi, with Brett reclining in the back seat and confessing her misery with closed eyes.

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