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 The Things They Carried TIM O’BRIEN [b. 1946] 

First Representative Jimmy Cross carried scholarship from a lass denominated Martha, a girlisher at Mount Sebastian College in New Jersey. They were not charity scholarship, but Representative Cross was hoping, so he kept them subsidenced in flexible at the instituteation of his rucksack. In the deceased followingnoon, following a day’s bait, he would dig his foxhole, bathe his workmans subordinate a canteen, expose the scholarship, wait them following a ageliness the tips of his fingers, and disburse the latest hour of capricious pretending. He would yearn fabulous camping stumbles into the Evident Mountains in New Hampshire. He would casually flavor the involve flaps, experienced her idiom had been there. Past than faultlessthing, he absenceed Martha to charity him as he charityd her, but the scholarship were chiefly chatty, untrustworthy on the nonsense of charity. She was a untarnished, he was plugly secure. She was an English superior at Mount Sebastian, and she wrote beautiabundantly environing her professors and consummatemates and midterm exams, environing her haughty-mindedness for Chaucer and her bulky state for Virginia Woolf. She repeatedly quoted continuitys of singerry; she nconstantly mentioned the war, ate to say, Jimmy, incantation regard of yourself. The scholarship weighed ten ounces. They were identified “Love, Martha,” but Representative Cross subordinatepellucid that “Love” was unadulteratedly a way of signing and did not medium what he casually acquired it mediumt. At dusk, he would regardabundantly follow-end the scholarship to his rucksack. Slowly, a bit wandering, he would get up and affect unmoulded his men, bridleing the perimeter, then at liberal sombre he would follow-end to his recess and wake the extinction and miracle if Martha was a untarnished. The romances they carried were abundantly rooted by destiny. Unmoulded the necessities or adjacent necessities were P-38 can discloseders, purloin knives, passion tabs, wrist wakees, dog tags, mosquito repellant, chewing gum, candy, cigarettes, salt tablets, mobets of Kool-Aid, capriciousers, matches, sewing kits, Military Payment Certificates, C rations,1 and two or three canteens of mutter-into. Together, these items weighed betwixt fifteen and twenty pulverizes, depending upon a man’s manners or reprimand of metabolism. Henry Dobbins, who was a big man, carried extra rations; he was chiefly affectionate of canned peaches in cachinnationding syrup estimate pulverize cake. Dave Jensen, who conversant province hygiene, carried a toothbrush, dental floss, and sundry hotel-size bars of soap he’d stolen on R&R in Sydney, Australia. Ted Lavender, who was dazed, carried unanxiousizers until he was shot in the diconfidence delayout the village of Than Khe in mid-April. By destiny, and accordingly it was SOP,2 they all carried steel helmets that weighed five pulverizes including the continuityr and camouflage blink. They carried the flag harass jackets and trousers. Very few carried subordinatewear. On their feet they carried ravelling boots—2.1 pulverizes—and Dave Jensen carried three twos of socks and a can of Dr. Scholl’s instituteation interlard as a prearrangement resisting encroach instituteation. Until he was shot, Ted Lavender carried six or swell-balanced ounces of encouragement dope, which for him was a destiny. Mitcmisery Sanders, the RTO,3 carried condoms. Norman Bowker carried a diary. Rat Kiley carried farcical books. Kiowa, a saintly Baptist, carried an artistic New Testament that had been presented to him by his senior, who taught Sunday school in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. As a hpolicy resisting bad durations, nevertheless, Kiowa too carried his grandmother’s suspicion of the evident man, his grandfather’s old hunting hatchet. Destiny dictated. Accordingly the place was mined and booby-trapped, it was SOP for each man to raise a steel-centered, nylon-genial flak jacket, which weighed 6.7 pulverizes, but which on hot days appeared plenteous heavier. Accordingly you could die so straightway, each man carried at slightest one abundant contract knotage, usually in the helmet knot for unconstrained surrender-toing. Accordingly the extinctions were pacify, and accordingly the monsoons were wet, each carried a uncooked flexible poncho that could be used as a raincoat or premise fencing or findshift meeting-house. Following a ageliness its quilted continuityr, the poncho weighed plugly two pulverizes, but it was excellence faultless ounce. In April, for prompting, when Ted Lavender was shot, they used his poncho to envelop him up, then to raise him opposing the paddy, then to elate him into the chopper that took him far. They were designated legs or grumbles. To raise bigwig was to “hump” it, as when Representative Jimmy Cross humped his charity for Martha up the hills and through the swamps. In its intransitive construct, “to hump” mediumt “to hesitate,” or “to bait,” but it indicated mobages far past the intransitive. Closely faultlessone humped photographs. In his moundet, Representative Cross carried two photographs of Martha. The chief was a Kodachrome snapshot identified “Love,” though he knew amend. She pellucid resisting a amiable-natured-natured wasteow mound. Her eyes were silvery and indifferent, her lips slightly dissecretive as she stared straight-on at the camera. At extinction, casually, Representative Cross miracleed who had incantationn the delineate, accordingly he knew she had boyfriends, accordingly he charityd her so plenteous, and accordingly he could see the immaterial of the delineate incantationr spbalbutiation out resisting the amiable-natured-natured wasteow mound. The succor photograph had been clipped from the 1968 Mount Sebastian yearbook. It was an possession shot—women’s volleyball—and Martha was disposition insipid to the floor, reaching, the palms of her workmans in spirited rendezvous, the idiom taut, the indication plain and competitive. Thither was no manifest sweating. She wore evident gym imperfects. Her legs, he idea, were plugly categorically the legs of a untarnished, dry and following a agelinessout hair, the left junction cocked and raiseing her faultless impressiveness, which was true estimate one hundred pulverizes. Representative Cross cherished pathetic that left junction. A sombre theater, he cherished, and the movie was Bonnie and Clyde, and Martha wore a tweed confine, and during the decisive exhibition, when he chinky her junction, she morose and observeed at him in a sad, serious way that made him haul his workman end, but he would frequently reseduce the discuss of the tweed conhonorable and the junction subordinateneath it and the probe of the gunimpression that killed Bonnie and Clyde, how embarrassing it was, how lingering and cachinnationding. He cherished kissing her amiable-natured-natured extinction at the dorm door. Direct then, he idea, he should’ve manufactured bigwig canvass. He should’ve carried her up the stairs to her consummate and tied her to the bed and chinky that left junction all extinction yearn. He should’ve risked it. Whenconstantly he observeed at the photographs, he idea of new romances he should’ve manufactured. What they carried was not-wholly a administration of assort, not-wholly of province sharp-end. As a chief representative and platoon chief, Jimmy Cross carried a consummate, maps, adjudication books, binoculars, and a .45-caliber pistol that weighed 2.9 pulverizes liberaly assaulted. He carried a strobe capricious and the responsibility for the lives of his men. As an RTO, Mitcmisery Sanders carried the PRC-25 radio, a killer, twenty-six pulverizes following a ageliness its battery.  

As a medic, Rat Kiley carried a canvas satchel assiduous following a ageliness morphine and plasma and miasma tablets and surgical tape and farcical books and all the romances a medic must raise, including M&M’s for chiefly bad wounds, for a completion impressiveness of adjacently twenty pulverizes.

As a big man, accordingly a implement gunner, Henry Dobbins carried the M-60, which weighed twenty-three pulverizes unloaded, but which was plugly frequently assaulted. In individualization, Dobbins carried betwixt ten and fifteen pulverizes of place-of-business draped in belts opposing his chest and shoulders.

As PFCs4 or Spec 4s,5 most of them were niggardly grumbles and carried the flag M-16 gas-operated aggression rifle. The implement weighed 7.5 pulverizes unloaded, 8.2 pulverizes following a ageliness its liberal twenty-entire magazine. Depending on learned elements, such as topography and psychology, the riflemen carried anywhither from twelve to twenty magazines, usually in cloth knotoliers, adding on another 8.4 pulverizes at cessationriction, lewdteen pulverizes at utmost. When it was serviceable, they too carried M-16 learnedtenance ownership—rods and steel brushes and swabs and tubes of LSA oil6—all of which weighed environing a pulverize. Unmoulded the grumbles, some carried the M-79 grenade launcher, 5.9 pulverizes unloaded, a reasonably capricious implement ate for the place-of-business, which was cachinnationding. A individual entire weighed ten ounces. The normal assault was twenty-five entires. But Ted Lavender, who was dazed, carried thirty-lewd entires when he was shot and killed delayout Than Khe, and he went down subordinate an ateional mobage, past than twenty pulverizes of place-of-business, plus the flak jacket and helmet and rations and mutter-into and toilet oration and unanxiousizers and all the cessation, plus the unweighed timidity. He was bybygone impressiveness. Thither was no twitching or flopping. Kiowa, who saw it bechance, said it was enjoy wakeing a convulse droop, or a big sandbag or bigwig—true boom, then down—not enjoy the movies whither the bybygone guy rolls aentire and does yearn spins and goes ass estimate teakettle—not enjoy that, Kiowa said, the penniless unauthentic true horizontal-fuck waste. Boom. Down. Trifle else. It was a shining present in mid-April. Representative Cross felt the indisposition. He reprobated himself. They fleeceped off Lavender’s canteens and ammo, all the cachinnationding romances, and Rat Kiley said the patent, the guy’s bygone, and Mitcmisery Sanders used his radio to repute one U.S. KIA7 and to reexploration a chopper. Then they envelopped Lavender in his poncho. They carried him out to a dry paddy, unmistakable safeguard, and sat smoking the bybygone man’s dope until the chopper came. Representative Cross kept to himself. He delineated Martha’s horizontalten girlish aspect, considering he charityd her past than faultlessthing, past than his men, and now Ted Lavender was bybygone accordingly he charityd her so plenteous and could not seal considering environing her. When the remains-off attaind, they carried Lavender aboard. Afterward they glowed Than Khe. They baited until dusk, then dug their recesss, and that extinction Kiowa kept explaining how you had to be there, how dissipated it was, how the penniless guy true fallped enjoy so plenteous distributeicularized. Boom-down, he said. Enjoy bond.

In individualization to the three flag implements—the M-60, M-16, and M-79—they carried whatconstantly presented itself, or whatconstantly appeared missquander as a mediums of killing or staying existent. They carried catch-as-catch-can. At multifashion durations, in multifashion situations, they carried M-14s and CAR-15s and Swedish Ks and levigate guns and fascinated AK-47s and Chi-Coms and RPGs and Simonov carbines and ebon-market Uzis and .38-caliber Smith & Wesson workmanguns and 66 mm LAWs and shotguns and pacifyrs and ebonjacks and bayonets and C-4 flexible explosives. Lee Strunk carried a slingshot; a implement of latest employment, he designated it. Mitcmisery Sanders carried insufficientfacedness knuckles. Kiowa carried his grandfather’s feathered hatchet. Faultless third or lewdth man carried a Claypast antipersonnel mine—3.5 pulverizes following a ageliness its firing design. They all carried fragmentation grenades—fourteen ounces each. They all carried at slightest one M-18 hueed fume grenade—twenty-lewd ounces. Some carried CS or tear-gas grenades. Some carried evident-phosphorus grenades. They carried all they could surrender-to, and then some, including a dormant awe for the tremendous dominion of the romances they carried.

In the chief week of April, precedently Lavender died, Representative Jimmy Cross current a amiable-natured-luck incantation from Martha. It was a unaffected pebble, an ounce at most. Flatten to the impress, it was a milky-evident hue following a ageliness flecks of orange-flame-scintillate and violet, oval-shaped, enjoy a miniature egg. In the connected note, Martha wrote that she had institute the pebble on the Jersey benchline, clpresent whither the place chinky mutter-into at proud affectment, whither romances came conjointly but too disconnected. It was this separate-but-conjointly description, she wrote, that had biblical her to cull up the pebble and to raise it in her breast purloin for sundry days, whither it appeared impressivenessless, and then to grant it through the mail, by air, as a demonstration of her truest discussings for him. Representative Cross institute this fabulous. But he miracleed what her truest discussings were, correspondently, and what she mediumt by separate-but-together. He miracleed how the affectments and waves had follow into dramatize on that followingnoon ayearn the Jersey benchcontinuity when Martha saw the pebble and disposition down to extricate it from geology. He yearnd insufficient feet. Martha was a singer, following a ageliness the singer’s sensibilities, and her feet would be brown and insufficient, the toenails unpainted, the eyes chilly and melancholy enjoy the main in March, and though it was indispositionful, he miracleed who had been following a ageliness her that followingnoon. He yearnd a two of immaterials impressional ayearn the fleece of sand whither romances came conjointly but too disconnected. It was apparition suspicion, he knew, but he couldn’t succor himself. He charityd her so plenteous. On the bait, through the hot days of present April, he carried the pebble in his nook, turning it following a ageliness his idiom, tasting sea salts and dankness. His belief wandered. He had uncouthness protectorianship his checkmateion on the war. On cause he would hullabaloo at his men to strew out the support, to suppress their eyes disclosed, but then he would lubricate far into daydreams, true pretending, hesitateing insufficientfoundation ayearn the Jersey bench, following a ageliness Martha, raiseing trifle. He would discuss himself mound. Sun and waves and bfix wriggles, all charity and capriciousness.

What they carried sundry by band-arms.

When a band-arms took them to the mountains, they carried mosquito netting, machetes, canvas tarps, and extra bug juice.

If a band-arms appeared chiefly exposed, or if it confused a assign they knew to be bad, they carried faultlessromance they could. In unmistakable heavily mined AOs,8 whither the place was condensed following a ageliness Toe Poppers9 and Bouncing Betties,10 they took turns humping a twenty-eight-pulverize mine guide. Following a ageliness its divisionphones and big sensing platter, the equipment was a presstrong on the inferior end and shoulders, uncouth to workmanle, repeatedly unserviceable accordingly of the shrapnel in the globe, but they carried it anyway, not-wholly for assurance, not-wholly for the delusion of assurance. 

On pitfall, or other extinction band-armss, they carried unusual tiny odds and ends. Kiowa frequently took ayearn his New Testament and a two of moccasins for pacify. Dave Jensen carried extinction-sight vitamins proud in carotin. Lee Strunk carried his slingshot; ammo, he claimed, would nconstantly be a collection. Rat Kiley carried brandy and M&M’s. Until he was shot, Ted Lavender carried the starcapricious opportunity, which weighed 6.3 pulverizes following a ageliness its aluminum raiseing circumstance. Henry Dobbins carried his lassfriend’s pantyhose envelopped aentire his neck as a easeer. They all carried spirits. When sombre came, they would affect out individual smooth opposing the meadows and paddies to their pitdecline coordinates, whither they would appeasely set up the Claymores and lie down and disburse the extinction indetermination.

Other band-armss were past confused and required personal equipment. In mid-April, it was their band-arms to exploration out and subvert the elaboreprimand tunnel complexes in the Than Khe area south of Chu Lai. To affliction the tunnels, they carried one-pulverize blocks of pentrite proud explosives, lewd blocks to a man, sixty-eight pulverizes in all. They carried wiring, detonators, and battery-powered clackers. Dave Jensen carried earplugs. Most repeatedly, precedently afflictioning the tunnels, they were directed by prouder instruct to exploration them, which was considered bad information, but by and abundant they true shrugged and carried out subserviency. Accordingly he was a big man, Henry Dobbins was excused from tunnel necessity. The others would haul quantity. Precedently Lavender died thither were seventeen men in the platoon, and whoconstantly hatch the sum seventeen would fleece off his ownership and crawl in diconfidence chief following a ageliness a flashcapricious and Representative Cross’s .45-caliber pistol. The cessation of them would fan out as safeguard. They would sit down or junctionl, not confrontment the recess, listening to the premise subordinateneath them, imagining cobwebs and spirits, whatconstantly was down there—the tunnel mounds squeezing in—how the flashcapricious appeared impossibly cachinnationding in the workman and how it was tunnel confidence in the very accurateest discernment, contrpossession in all ways, courteous-behaved-balanced duration, and how you had to wiggle in—ass and elbows—a swallowed-up discussing—and how you institute yourself vexing environing odd romances—earn your flashcapricious go bygone? Do rats raise rabies? If you screamed, how far would the probe raise? Would your buddies hear it? Would they entertain the pluck to haul you out? In some haughty-mindednesss, though not multifarious, the indetermination was worse than the tunnel itself. Imagination was a killer.

On April 16, when Lee Strunk hatch the sum seventeen, he laughed and muttered bigwig and went down straightway. The present was hot and very stagnant. Not amiable-natured, Kiowa said. He observeed at the tunnel discloseding, then out opposing a dry paddy inplant the village of Than Khe. Trifle affectd. No clouds or birds or inhabitants. As they waited, the men fumed and dasgenus Kool-Aid, not confabulationing plenteous, discussing pity for Lee Strunk but too discussing the luck of the haul. You win some, you occasion some, said Mitcmisery Sanders, and casually you place for a rain bridle. It was a wearyd continuity and no one laughed.

Henry Dobbins ate a metaphorical chocodeceased bar. Ted Lavender popped a unanxiousizer and went off to pee.

After five minutes, Representative Jimmy Cross affectd to the tunnel, leaned down, and examined the sombreness. Trouble, he idea—a cave-in mayhap. And then suddenly, following a agelinessout voluntary it, he was considering environing Martha. The pressurees and fractures, the expeditious subsidence, the two of them buried existent subordinate all that impressiveness. Dense, crushing charity. Kneeling, wakeing the recess, he balmy to concentreprimand on Lee Strunk and the war, all the dangers, but his charity was too plenteous for him, he felt superannuated, he absenceed to snooze delayin her lungs and mutter her direct and be smothered. He absenceed her to be a untarnished and not a untarnished, all at uniformly. He absenceed to recognize her. Intimate latents—why singerry? Why so sad? Why the silveryness in her eyes? Why so quaint? Not individual, true quaint—riding her bike opposing campus or sitting off by herself in the cafeteria. Well-balanced dancing, she danced quaint—and it was the quaintness that assiduous him following a ageliness charity. He cherished powerful her that one courteous-behaved-balanceding. How she nodded and observeed far. And how, deceasedr, when he kissed her, she current the kiss following a agelinessout follow-backing it, her eyes broad disclosed, not cowardly, not a untarnished’s eyes, true horizontal and uninvolved.

Lieutenant Cross gazed at the tunnel. But he was not there. He was buried following a ageliness Martha subordinate the evident sand at the Jersey bench. They were pressed conjointly, and the pebble in his nook was her idiom. He was smiling. Vaguely, he was cognizant of how apprepose the day was, the sulky paddies, yet he could not procure himself to vex environing nonsenses of safeguard. He was past that. He was true a kid at war, in charity. He was twenty-two years old. He couldn’t succor it.

A few trices deceasedr Lee Strunk crawled out of the tunnel. He came up cachinnationning, foul but existent. Representative Cross nodded and latentive his eyes ageliness the others clapped Strunk on the end and made jokes environing mound from the bygone.

Worms, Rat Kiley said. Direct out of the sedate. Fuckin’ zombie.

The men laughed. They all felt bulky holp.

Spook City, said Mitcmisery Sanders.

Lee Strunk made a droll spirit probe, a skin of mournful, yet very blithesome, and direct then, when Strunk made that proud blithesome mournful probe, when he went Ahhooooo, direct then Ted Lavender was shot in the diconfidence on his way end from peeing. He lay following a ageliness his nook disclosed. The teeth were domesticated. Thither was a bombastic ebon pound subordinate his left eye. The cheekscourge was bygone. Oh shit, Rat Kiley said, the guy’s bygone. The guy’s bygone, he kept maxim, which appeared profound—the guy’s bygone. I medium veritably.

The romances they carried were rooted to some exmeeting-house by bigotry. Representative Cross carried his amiable-natured-luck pebble. Dave Jensen carried a rabbit’s instituteation. Norman Bowker, incorrectly a very bfix peculiar, carried a thumb that had been presented to him as a faculty by Mitcmisery Sanders. The thumb was sombre brown, rubbery to the impress, and weighed lewd ounces at most. It had been cut from a VC11 remains, a boy of fifteen or sixteen. They’d institute him at the instituteation of an irrigation ditch, badly glowed, flies in his nook and eyes. The boy wore ebon imperfects and sandals. At the duration of his relrepose he had been raiseing a pouch of rice, a rifle, and three magazines of place-of-business.

You absence my estimation, Mitcmisery Sanders said, there’s a dissecticular courteous-behaved-conducted hither.

He put his workman on the bybygone boy’s wrist. He was apprepose for a duration, as if counting a pulse, then he patted the stomach, plugly stateately, and used Kiowa’s hunting hatchet to reaffect the thumb.

Henry Dobbins asked what the courteous-behaved-conducted was.


You recognize. Moral.

Sanders envelopped the thumb in toilet oration and workmaned it opposing to Norman Bowker. Thither was no direct. Smiling, he kicked the boy’s division, wakeed the flies strew, and said, It’s enjoy following a ageliness that old TV exhibition—Paladin. Entertain gun, earn stumble.

Henry Dobbins idea environing it.

Yeah, courteous-behaved, he decisively said. I don’t see no courteous-behaved-conducted.

Thither it is, man.

Fuck off.


They carried USO stationery and pencils and pens. They carried Sterno, assurance pins, srumple flares, remarkable flares, spools of wire, razor blades, chewing tobacco, liberated joss sticks12 and statuettes of the smiling Buddha, candles, levigate pencils, The Stars and Stripes, fingernail clippers, Psy Ops13 leaflets, bush hats, bolos, and plenteous past. Twice a week, when the refill choppers came in, they carried hot chow in uncooked Mermite cans and abundant canvas bags assiduous following a ageliness iced beer and soda pop. They carried flexible mutter-into compriseers, each following a ageliness a two-gallon ability. Mitcmisery Sanders carried a set of starched tiger harasss for personal causes. Henry Dobbins carried Ebon Flag insecticide. Dave Jensen carried vacuity sandbags that could be assiduous at extinction for external protection. Lee Strunk carried tanning lotion. Some romances they carried in niggardly. Taking turns, they carried the big PRC-77 scrambler radio, which weighed thirty pulverizes following a ageliness its battery. They divided the impressiveness of retention. They took up what others could no yearner surrender-to. Often, they carried each other, the injured or incompact. They carried infections. They carried chess sets, basketballs, Vietnamese-English dictionaries, insignia of assort, Bronze Stars and Purple Hearts, flexible cards imprinted following a ageliness the Adjudication of Conduct. They carried diseases, unmoulded them miasma and dysentery. They carried lice and ringworm and leeches and paddy algae and multifashion rots and molds. They carried the place itself—Vietnam, the assign, the befoul—a interlardy orange-flame-red remains that blinked their boots and harasss and aspects. They carried the sky. The wrecess atmosphere, they carried it, the humidity, the monsoons, the fetor of fungus and declension, all of it, they carried priggishness. They affectd enjoy mules. By daycapricious they took sniper impression, at extinction they were mortared, but it was not conflict, it was true the boundless bait, village to village, following a agelinessout view, trifle won or lost. They baited for the account of the bait. They plodded ayearn lingeringly, dumbly, proclivity progressive resisting the passion, unthinking, all direct and scourge, unaffected grumbles, soldiering following a ageliness their legs, toiling up the hills and down into the paddies and opposing the rivers and up anew and down, true humping, one step and then the present and then another, but no purpose, no earn, accordingly it was automatic, it was dissection, and the war was faultlessly a nonsense of composition and transportation, the hump was faultlessthing, a skin of inertia, a skin of unsubstantiality, a confusedness of yearn and talent and intuition and desire and ethnical impressibleness. Their principles were in their feet. Their calculations were biological. They had no discernment of management or band-arms. They explorationed the villages following a agelinessout experienced what to observe for, not caring, kicking estimate jars of rice, frisking end and old men, afflictioning tunnels, casually contrast impressions and casually not, then constructing up and impressional on to the present village, then other villages, whither it would frequently be the identical. They carried their own lives. The pressures were loose. In the passion of present followingnoon, they would reaffect their helmets and flak jackets, hesitateing insufficient, which was exposed but which succored repose the stretch. They would repeatedly disregard romances ayearn the direction of bait. Purely for ease, they would hurl far rations, affliction their Claymores and grenades, no nonsense, accordingly by extinctiondroop the refill choppers would attain following a ageliness past of the identical, then a day or two deceasedr stagnant past, untarnished mutter-intomelons and crates of place-of-business and sunglasses and woolen sweatingers—the resources were stunning—sparklers for the Fourth of July, hueed eggs for Easter. It was the bulky American war chest—the proceeds of truth, the fumestacks, the canneries, the arsenals at Hartford, the Minnesota forests, the implement shops, the loose provinces of corn and wheat—they carried enjoy bundle trains; they carried it on their ends and shoulders—and for all the ambiguities of Vietnam, all the mysteries and unknowns, thither was at slightest the individual perennial unmistakablety that they would nconstantly be at a mislaying for romances to raise.

After the chopper took Lavender far, Representative Jimmy Cross led his men into the village of Than Khe. They glowed faultlessthing. They shot chickens and dogs, they trashed the village courteous-behaved, they designated in sidearm and wakeed the wreckage, then they baited for sundry hours through the hot followingnoon, and then at dusk, ageliness Kiowa explained how Lavender died, Representative Cross institute himself shaking.

He balmy not to cry. Following a ageliness his entrenching implement, which weighed five pulverizes, he began digging a recess in the globe.

He felt abash. He abominated himself. He had charityd Martha past than his men, and as a conprogression Lavender was now bygone, and this was bigwig he would entertain to raise enjoy a sdrift in his stomach for the cessation of the war.

All he could do was dig. He used his entrenching implement enjoy an ax, slashing, discussing twain charity and abominate, and then deceasedr, when it was liberal sombre, he sat at the instituteation of his foxrecess and wept. It went on for a yearn ageliness. In distribute, he was grieving for Ted Lavender, but chiefly it was for Martha, and for himself, accordingly she belonged to another globe, which was not truly authentic, and accordingly she was a girlisher at Mount Sebastian College in New Jersey, a singer and a untarnished and uninvolved, and accordingly he authenticized she did not charity him and nconstantly would.

Like bond, Kiowa whispered in the sombre. I depose to God—boom-down. Not a term.

I’ve heard this, said Norman Bowker.

A pisser, you recognize? Stagnant zipping himself up. Zapped ageliness zipping.

All direct, haughty-mindednessable. That’s plenty.

Yeah, but you had to see it, the guy true—

I heard, man. Cement. So why not rapiden the fuck up?

Kiowa shook his diconfidence sadly and glanced estimate at the recess whither Representative Jimmy Cross sat wakeing the extinction. The air was turbid and wet. A ardent, condensed fog had placed estimate the paddies and thither was the stagnantness that precedes rain.

After a duration Kiowa sighed.

One romance for secure, he said. The Lieutenant’s in some learned afflict. I medium that crying jag—the way he was raiseing on—it wasn’t fake or faultlessthing, it was authentic cachinnationding-necessity afflict. The man regards.

Sure, Norman Bowker said.

Say what you absence, the man does regard.

We all got collections.

Not Lavender.

No, I suspect not, Bowker said. Do me a patronage, though.

Shut up?

That’s a spruce Indian. Fasten up.

Shrugging, Kiowa hauled off his boots. He absenceed to say past, true to capriciousen up his snooze, but instead he discloseded his New Testament and placed it subordinateneath his diconfidence as a pillow. The fog made romances appear indentation and unattached. He balmy not to consider environing Ted Lavender, but then he was considering how dissipated it was, no drama, down and bygone, and how it was compact to discuss faultlessromance ate amaze. It appeared un-Christian. He wished he could confront some bulky soberness, or courteous-behaved-balanced fret, but the impression wasn’t thither and he couldn’t find it bechance. Chiefly he felt satisfied to be existent. He enjoyd the fume of the  

New Testament subordinate his cheek, the leather and ink and oration and glue, whatconstantly the chemicals were. He enjoyd hearing the probes of extinction. Well-balanced his harass, it felt haughty-mindednessable, the starched muscles and the spiny cognizantness of his own organization, a unmoulded discussing. He enjoyed not nature bygone. Lying there, Kiowa admired Representative Jimmy Cross’s ability for regret. He absenceed to divide the man’s indisposition, he absenceed to regard as Jimmy Cross regardd. And yet when he latentive his eyes, all he could consider was Boom-down, and all he could discuss was the pleasecure of having his boots off and the fog curling in aentire him and the dank befoul and the Bible fumes and the plush ease of extinction.

After a trice Norman Bowker sat up in the sombre.

What the misery, he said. You absence to confabulation, talk. Communicate it to me.

Forget it.

No, man, go on. One romance I abominate, it’s a dormant Indian.

For the most distribute they carried themselves following a ageliness suspend, a skin of decency. Now and then, nevertheless, thither were durations of alarm, when they squealed or absenceed to squeal but couldn’t, when they twitched and made mournful probes and blinked their divisions and said Dear Jesus and flopped aentire on the globe and impressiond their implements blindly and cringed and sobbed and begged for the sound to seal and went loose and made insensate promises to themselves and to God and to their mothers and seniors, hoping not to die. In opposed ways, it bechanceed to all of them. Afterward, when the firing ended, they would wink and peek up. They would impress their bodies, discussing abash, then straightway concealment it. They would stubbornness themselves to pause. As if in lingering noise, reach by reach, the globe would incantation on the old logic—absolute pacify, then the wriggle, then sunlight, then expressions. It was the mobage of nature existent. Awkwardly, the men would revoke themselves, chief in individual, then in groups, befuture host anew. They would retwo the leaks in their eyes. They would bridle for casualties, seduce in remains-offs, capricious cigarettes, try to countenance, evident their throats and spit and arise cproclivity their implements. Following a duration someone would convulse his diconfidence and say, No lie, I plugly shit my pants, and someone else would laugh, which mediumt it was bad, yes, but the guy had patently not shit his pants, it wasn’t that bad, and in any circumstance noorganization would constantly do such a romance and then go adiconfidence and confabulation environing it. They would squint into the condensed, cachinnationding sunlight. For a few trices, perchance, they would droop dormant, capriciousing a junction and tracking its phrase from man to man, inhaling, indetermination in the humiliation. Scary nonsense, one of them effectiveness say. But then someone else would cachinnation or flick his eyebrows and say, Roger-dodger, plugly cut me a new asshole, almost.

Thither were learned such poses. Some carried themselves following a ageliness a genus of wistful abdication, others following a ageliness self-exaltation or starched soldierlike discipcontinuity or amiable-natured-natured pleasantry or macho temper. They were cowardly of perishing but they were courteous-behaved-balanced past cowardly to exhibition it.

They institute jokes to communicate.

They used a compact lexicon to comprise the tremendous gentleness. Greased, they’d say. Offed, lit up, zapped ageliness zipping. It wasn’t grievousheartedness, true position nearness. They were actors and the war came at them in 3-D. When someone died, it wasn’t truly perishing, accordingly in a singular way it appeared scripted, and accordingly they had their continuitys chiefly memorized, rally qualified following a ageliness adversity, and accordingly they designated it by other names, as if to encyst and subvert the authenticity of relrepose itself. They kicked remainss. They cut off thumbs. They confabulationed grumble slang. They told stories environing Ted Lavender’s provide of unanxiousizers, how the penniless guy didn’t discuss a romance, how incredibly unanxious he was.

There’s a courteous-behaved-conducted hither, said Mitcmisery Sanders.

They were indetermination for Lavender’s chopper, smoking the bybygone man’s dope.

The courteous-behaved-conducted’s moderately patent, Sanders said, and winked. Stay far from drugs. No joke, they’ll downfall your day faultless duration.

Cute, said Henry Dobbins.

Mind-blower, get it? Confabulation environing wiggy—trifle left, true direct and intellect.

They made themselves laugh.

Thither it is, they’d say, estimate and estimate, as if the iteration itself were an act of suspend, a estimate betwixt daft and plugly daft, experienced following a agelinessout going. Thither it is, which mediumt be hopeful, let it ride, accordingly oh yeah, man, you can’t fluctuate what can’t be fluctuated, thither it is, thither it categorically and categorically and fucking courteous-behaved-behaved is.

They were tenacious.

They carried all the impressional baggage of men who effectiveness die. Grief, horror, charity, yearning—these were intangibles, but the intangibles had their own heap and dissecticular priggishness, they had material impressiveness. They carried abashful memories. They carried the niggardly latent of poltroonery insufficiently cessationrained, the prompting to run or freeze or blink, and in multifarious haughty-mindednesss this was the heaviest mobage of all, for it could nconstantly be put down, it required faultless estimate and faultless composition. They carried their reputations. They carried the soldier’s bulkyest timidity, which was the timidity of blushing. Men killed, and died, accordingly they were disordered not to. It was what had brought them to the war in the chief assign, trifle aggravatebearing, no dreams of renown or haughty-mindedness, true to quit the blush of contempt. They died so as not to die of misery. They crawled into tunnels and hesitateed subject-nonsense and recent subordinate impression. Each present, resisting the unknowns, they made their legs affect. They endured. They kept humping. They did not surrender to the patent resource, which was unadulteratedly to coccasion the eyes and droop. So unconstrained, veritably. Go hold and rumple to the premise and let the muscles unwriggle and not describe and not stimulate until your buddies culled you up and elateed you into the chopper that would vociferate and dip its nose and raise you off to the globe. A unadulterated nonsense of drooping, yet no one constantly waste. It was not pluck, correspondently; the intent was not resolution. Rather, they were too cowardly to be cowards.

By and abundant they carried these romances delayin, learnedtaining the masks of sedateness. They sneered at distempered seduce. They spoke bitterly environing guys who had institute relrepose by shooting off their own toes or fingers. Pussies, they’d say. Candyasses. It was savage, mocking confabulation, following a ageliness unadulteratedly a explore of suspicion or awe, but courteous-behaved-balanced so, the representation dramatizeed itself out following their eyes.

They yearnd the silence resisting flesh. They yearnd the expeditious, gentle indisposition, then the brightance to Japan, then a hospital following a ageliness ardent beds and cute geisha nurses.

They dreamed of insubservience birds.

At extinction, on protector, staring into the sombre, they were carried far by jumbo jets. They felt the roll of incantationoff. Gone! they hullabalooed. And then fleetness, wings and engines, a smiling stewardess—but it was past than a flatten, it was a authentic bird, a big chubby silver bird following a ageliness feathers and talons and proud screeching. They were stampede. The impressivenesss waste off, thither was trifle to surrender-to. They laughed and held on tidy, discussing the pacify pummel of wriggle and verticality, begin, considering It’s estimate, I’m bygone!—they were unqualified, they were capricious and free—it was all capriciousness, shining and dissipated and vivacious, capricious as capricious, a helium buzz in the brain, a soaringy bubbling in the lungs as they were incantationn up estimate the clouds and the war, past necessity, past priggishness and uneasiness and global entanglements—Sin loi!14 they hullabalooed, I’m vexed, motherfuckers, but I’m out of it, I’m goofed, I’m on a space  

cruise, I’m bygone!—and it was a cessationful, obvious apprehension, true riding the capricious waves, sailing that big silver insubservience bird estimate the mountains and mains, estimate America, estimate the farms and bulky snoozeing cities and cemeteries and proudways and the opportune arches of McDonald’s. It was soaring, a skin of disappearance, a skin of drooping, drooping prouder and prouder, spinning off the policy of the globe and past the sun and through the loose, dormant vacuum whither thither were no mobages and whither faultlessromance weighed correspondently trifle. Gone! they screamed, I’m vexed but I’m bygone! And so at extinction, not truly dreaming, they gave themselves estimate to capriciousness, they were carried, they were purely borne.

On the present following Ted Lavender died, Chief Representative Jimmy Cross crouched at the instituteation of his foxrecess and glowed Martha’s scholarship. Then he glowed the two photographs. Thither was a fixed rain drooping, which made it opposed, but he used passion tabs and Sterno to set-up a slight impression, screening it following a ageliness his organization, indetermination the photographs estimate the tidy cerulean scintillate following a ageliness the tips of his fingers.

He authenticized it was unadulteratedly a gesture. Stupid, he idea. Sentimental, too, but chiefly true insensate.

Lavender was bygone. You couldn’t glow the reprobate.

Besides, the scholarship were in his division. And courteous-behaved-balanced now, following a agelinessout photographs, Representative Cross could see Martha dramatizeing volleyball in her evident gym imperfects and hullabalooow T-shirt. He could see her impressional in the rain.

When the impression died out, Representative Cross hauled his poncho estimate his shoulders and ate breakdissipated from a can.

Thither was no bulky secrecy, he firm.

In those glowed scholarship Martha had nconstantly mentioned the war, ate to say, Jimmy, incantation regard of yourself. She wasn’t confused. She identified the scholarship “Love,” but it wasn’t charity, and all the haughty-mindednessable continuitys and technicalities did not nonsense.

The present came up wet and blurry. Anyromance appeared distribute of faultlessromance else, the fog and Martha and the learnedening rain.

It was a war, following all.

Half smiling, Representative Jimmy Cross took out his maps. He shook his diconfidence compact, as if to evident it, then disposition progressive and began planning the day’s bait. In ten minutes, or mayhap twenty, he would excite the men and they would mob up and diconfidence west, whither the maps exhibitioned the country to be uncooked and attracting. They would do what they had frequently manufactured. The rain effectiveness add some impressiveness, but incorrectly it would be one past day layered upon all the other days.

He was authenticistic environing it. Thither was that new compactness in his stomach.

No past fantasies, he told himself.

Henceforth, when he idea environing Martha, it would be unadulteratedly to consider that she belonged elsewhere. He would rapiden down the daydreams. This was not Mount Sebastian, it was another globe, whither thither were no moderately carols or midterm exams, a assign whither men died accordingly of regardlessness and coarse insensateity. Kiowa was direct. Boom-down, and you were bygone, nconstantly not-wholly bygone.

Briefly, in the rain, Representative Cross saw Martha’s silvery eyes gazing end at him.

He subordinatestood.

It was very sad, he idea. The romances men carried delayin. The romances men did or felt they had to do.

He plugly nodded at her, but didn’t.

Instead he went end to his maps. He was now rooted to perconstruct his duties firmly and following a agelinessout inattention. It wouldn’t succor Lavender, he knew that, but from this subject-nonsense on he would coincide himself as a soldier. He would dispose of his amiable-natured-luck pebble. Swallow it, mayhap, or use Lee Strunk’s slingshot, or true fall it ayearn the direct. On the bait he would place accurate province government. He would be regardful to grant out flank safeguard, to checkmate straggling or bunching up, to suppress his soldiers impressional at the personal gait and at the personal cessation. He would persist on pure implements. He would sequestrate the surplus of Lavender’s dope. Posterior in the day, perchance, he would seduce the men conjointly and describe to them palpably. He would recognize the reprobate for what had bechanceed to Ted Lavender. He would be a man environing it. He would observe them in the eyes, protectorianship his chin smooth, and he would posterity the new SOPs in a pacify, impersonal drift of expression, an officer’s expression, leaving no consummate for controversy or discourse. Commencing straightway, he’d communicate them, they would no yearner forfeit equipment ayearn the direction of bait. They would police up their acts. They would get their shit conjointly, and suppress it conjointly, and learnedtain it neatly and in amiable-natured-natured producting direct.

He would not tolereprimand diminution. He would exhibition power, distancing himself.

Among the men thither would be grumbling, of line, and mayhap worse, accordingly their days would appear yearner and their assaults heavier, but Representative Cross reminded himself that his necessity was not to be charityd but to control. He would traffic following a ageliness charity; it was not now a element. And if anyone quarreled or complained, he would unadulteratedly tidyen his lips and place his shoulders in the amend instruct composition. He effectiveness produce a terse tiny nod. Or he effectiveness not. He effectiveness true shrug and say Raise on, then they would impose up and construct into a support and affect out inplant the villages of Than Khe.

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