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The Sun Also Rises

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Book II, Chapter 8 Summary

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Last Updated April 14, 2023.

At the start of Book II, Jake notes that he doesn't cross paths with Brett until she returns from San Sebastian. Additionally, he remarks that he doesn't see Robert and Frances has departed for England. During this period, Jake views the absence of Robert as an opportunity to get ready for his upcoming journey to Spain in late June.

Bill Gorton arrives in Paris with tales of his adventures in theater and prize fighting. He spent times in Vienna and Budapest, and upon his return, he claimed to have had a fantastic time. Although he prefers Budapest, his memories of Vienna are hazy due to his state of intoxication.

Bill and Jake spot Brett riding in a taxi while they are out for dinner and drinks. After encountering Brett, they decide to have a few drinks and discuss meeting up again later when Mike joins them. They have a meal and Bill and Jake take a stroll along the river to enjoy the beautiful Parisian evening.

Brett and her fiancé Mike Campbell are visited by Jake and Bill. Mike expresses his admiration for Brett and they discuss her hat. Afterward, Jake and Bill depart to attend a fight while Brett and Mike remain intoxicated at the bar.

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