What happens to Jim Conklin? How does Henry respond? How does the wounded “tattered man” treat Henry? Why does Henry desert him?
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Jim Conklin ends up dying a very slow and painful death. Still he dies with dignity preferring solitude. Henry is disturbed over the death. The realities of war hit Henry hard. THe tattered man incessantly questions Henry about his wound; he won't shut up. Henry can't stand the man talking and doesn't want to think of his less than glamorous wound.