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For Whom the Bell Tolls by Ernest Hemingway 1899 - 1961 Type of Work Romantic war novel Setting Spain 1937 Principal Characters Robert Jordan an American fighting with Spanish Loyalists Maria Jordans lover Anselmo Jordans elderly guerilla guide Pablo a drunken guerilla leader Pilar Pablos strong and commanding wife El Sordo another guerilla leader Rafael a gypsy member of Pablos band Story Overveiw Robert Jordan the young American could think of nothing but the bridge as he and his seasoned guide Anselmo hiked through the mountains behind Fascist lines Golz one of many Russians also working for the Loyalist forces in their civil war with the Fascists for control of Spain explained the importance ot Jordans mission Golz was organizing a major offensive against the enemy To protect is troops from reinforcements sent up after the attack commenced Golz needed the strategic bridge destroyed Do it as soon as the attack has started and not before I must know that bridge is gone Jordan and Anselmo worked their way u p the mountains where the bridge was located The plan was for Jordan to make contact with a guerilla band led by Pablo and his devoted fierce and swarthy wife Pilar After taking a few days to examine the bridge and organize the attack he would wait for the proper moment to blow it up Though he had destroyed other bridges and trains as well Jordan was apprehensive about this mission He felt even worse when he made contact with Pablos band The guerilla leader was surly and insecure he demanded to know what Jordan intended to do If it is in this territory it is my business Jordan quickly changed the subject That night Jordan stayed at the guerrillas cave hideout with Pitar Rafael the gypsy six other guerrillas and Maria a young girl who had been rescued from the Fascists Jordan asked Pilar
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