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Aslan/Jill A Mystery of Heroism short story by Stephen Crane

cc 1. How do the other soldiers feel about Collins's attempt to get water?

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The other soldiers are shocked he's going to get the water. They can't decide if his actions are heroic or completely foolish.

“Look here, my lad,” he said, in a pious sort of a voice—“look here, my lad”—Collins was not a lad—“don’t you think that’s taking pretty big risks for a little drink of water?”

“We ain’t dyin’ of thirst, are we? That’s foolishness.”

“Well, somebody put him up to it, an’ he’s doin’ it.”

“Say, he must be a desperate cuss.”


A Mystery of Heroism