Jacob Barnes sits at the Cafe Napolitain in Paris,
Sipping a pernod and watching
The evening crowd stroll by.

He reads his paper.

BERLIN - August 4th, 1923
GERMANS CANNOT PAY
FRANCE OCCUPIES RUHR REGION

Millions dead at Ypres,
The bodies piled high by the roadside.
Look maman, that one has no arms
And how the birds pick at that one!


Ninth machine-gun battalion -
Held up in an Italian infirmary for months.
I'm very sorry sir
It was all we could do to save your life.


The waiter stands over him.
"Would you like another drink, Monsieur?"
"Yes please. Thank you."