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The Sun Also Rises

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Bill's Banter

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Identify the point in the conversation where Bill transitions from honest discussion to nonsensical banter in order to avoid uncomfortable intimacy:

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“I think he’s a good writer, too,” Bill said. “And you’re a hell of a good guy. Anybody ever tell you were a good guy?” “I’m not a good guy.” “Listen. You’re a hell of a good guy, and I’m fonder of you than anybody on earth. I couldn’t tell you that in New York. It’d mean I was a faggot. That was what the Civil War was about. Abraham Lincoln was a faggot. He was in love with General Grant. So was Jefferson Davis. Lincoln just freed the slaves on a bet. The Dred Scott case was framed by the Anti-Saloon League. Sex explains it all. The Colonel’s Lady and Judy O’Grady are Lesbians under their skin.”