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For Whom the Bell Tolls.

For Whom the Bell Tolls Novel by Hemingway, Ernest (Miller), published in 1940.

Set near Segovia, Spain, in 1937, the novel tells the story of American teacher Robert Jordan, who has joined the antifascist Loyalist army. Jordan has been sent to make contact with a guerrilla band and blow up a bridge to advance a Loyalist offensive. The action takes place during Jordan's 72 hours at the guerrilla camp. During this period he falls in love with Maria, and he befriends the shrewd but cowardly guerrilla leader Pablo and his courageous wife Pilar. Jordan manages to destroy the bridge; Pablo, Pilar, Maria, and two other guerrillas escape, but Jordan is injured. Proclaiming his love to Maria once more, he awaits the fascist troops and certain death.

The title is from a sermon by John Donne containing the famous words "No man is an Iland, intire of it selfe; every man is a peece of the Continent. . . . And therefore never send to know for whom the bell tolls; it tolls for thee."

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Publication:Merriam Webster's Encyclopedia of Literature
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Date:Jan 1, 1995
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