All Quiet on the Western Front

all quiet on the western front

Chapter 5 

How does Lt. Bertnick punish Tjaden and Kropp? What does Paul think of Bertnick and the punishment 

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They are given open arrest which is a very light sentence. Tjaden gets three days open arrest and Kropp gets one day. They are both quite happy with this. 

Bertink gives Kropp a wink and one day's open arrest. "It can't be helped," he says to him regretfully. He is a decent fellow.

Open arrest is quite pleasant. The clink was once a fowl-house; there we can visit the prisoners, we know how to manage it. Close arrest would have meant the cellar.