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

CC. 3. Who asks Collins for a drink of water on his way back from the well?

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A dying artillery officer asks Collins for a drink on his way back from the well.

"The artillery officer who had fallen in this meadow had been making groans in the teeth of the tempest of sound. These futile cries, wrenched from him by his agony, were heard only by shells, bullets. When wild-eyed Collins came running, this officer raised himself. His face contorted and blanched from pain, he was about to utter some great beseeching cry. But suddenly his face straightened and he called: “Say, young man, give me a drink of water, will you?”


A Mystery of Heroism