Journey's End (Penguin Modern Classics)
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The second-in-command officer stationed in Stanhope’s trenches before Osborne and his group take over. Raleigh enters the dugout with a letter, and Stanhope tells him to leave it open so it can be censored. Later that afternoon, the Colonel tells Stanhope that the higher-ups have decided to stage a raid on the German trenches before the attack on the 21st.
Then we all go west in the big attack—and she goes on thinking I’m a fine fellow for ever—and ever—and ever. As a result of this assassination, many European and Asian countries were swept up in a war that escalated quickly due to past years of international tensions and political allegiances. In the dugout officers' quarters of the British trenches, less than a hundred yards from the German trenches, Hardy dries his sock over a candle flame before he hands off duties to C Company's Osborne.
If you went—and left Osborne and Trotter and Raleigh and all those men up there to do your work—could you ever look a man straight in the face again—in all your life! In this passage, Osborne repeats his earlier suggestion that Raleigh's admiration for Stanhope will persist, despite the war-damaged person Stanhope has become.
After every bombardment, soldiers like Osborne sit and wait for the next thing to happen—and the cycle repeats. Sherriff served in the East Surrey Regiment, fighting in several notable battles until he was finally injured in 1917.Trotter is jovial, irreverent, and gluttonous, frequently giving Mason—the cook—a hard time about the food served in the dugout. As long as we stick here when the other companies have given way, we can fire into the Boche as they try and get through the gaps on our sides—we’ll make a hell of a mess of them.
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