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This novel traces three days in the life of Robert Jordan an American Spanish professor who has volunteered to fight for the Loyalists in the Spanish Civil War Jordan is a dynamite expert and is ordered by General Golz a Russian leader of the International Brigades to bomb a bridge as part of their offensive against the Fascists Golz is only interested in the offensive as a means of practicing his military tactics and he is cynical about its success in the hands of the Spanish peasants Anselmo an old guide brings Jordan through the woods to the hideout an abandoned cave of the men who will help him complete his mission The guerillas that Jordan encounters obviously do not want to be involved in the war any longer They meet Agustin in the woods visibly relieved to see them because he has forgotten the password to their lair The gypsy Rafael despite being the guard is only interested in cracking jokes He tells Jordan about Kashkin the previous foreign dynamite expert who ironically killed himself after being wounded during their last mission the explosion of a train The most cynical and despondent guerilla however is Pablo their leader Despite being a courageous man before Pablo now wants only to return to his village to raise the horses he gained as spoils of war Many conflicts arise between Pablo and Jordan as the Pablo resents that a foreigner is interfering in a matter that can risk his own life and those of his band There are also two women at the camp Pilar who is Pablos wife and Maria a girl they rescued from the train carrying prisoners of war Despite her cropped hair which was shaved during her interment by the Fascists and the obvious psychological damage wrought upon her she is beautiful Pilar is an ugly woman but celebrated for her bravery Since Pablo went bad and lost the courage and zeal he
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