The short story "in another country" is about patriotism, a term which rudimentarily means: deep love to one's own country. It is, however, just a part of a greater concept, love, which manifests itself, throughout the story, in different forms; love to a friend, love to a spouse and even to one's own country.
When we are first exposed to the story, with the vivid imaginary of the weather, we feel how cold it is, and how warm are the `roasted chestnuts' that we actually desire some. Moreover, it is very delightful to share the experience of the speaker when `the electric lights came on, and it was pleasant along the streets looking in the windows'. To ponder over the captioned imaginary, we will discover that it refers to human life in terms of being fraught with intriguing experience of love of all sorts or not. Life is bitterly cold, vacant and enfolded in darkness. By the emergence of love in all its forms, everything will emphatically change. The `electric light' in the dark streets has changed the speaker's experience into a pleasant one - when life is dark and, then, is lightened by the candle of love, it changes dramatically. Food Appetite is also satisfied by the `chestnuts' and any one without a solitary nature is also satisfied by accompanying their friends in order to have security, especially when they are foreigners- love satisfies any living creature physically and spiritually. Thus we can conclude that it is very essential and like bread.
Patriotism is a substantial portion of love. However, it is not that easy to take in its meaning, it is far-reaching and extremely demanding of supreme sacrifices. A foreigner is not anticipated to be obliged to sacrifice his soul to another country, in lieu, to be detached, as the speaker does. This detachment becomes more obvious when the speaker slights and grossly underestimates the Italian Language `Italian seemed such an easy language that I could not talk a great interest in it; everything was so easy to say.'
The major, who is the companion of the speaker, points out that `if he [a man] is to lose everything [fighting in war], he should not place himself in a position to lose that.' That clearly implies that true patriotic person should has nothing to do with worldly pleasure or his actions won't be effective and everlasting, patriotism is far beyond that.
In the case of the speaker, the medals he has been...