Why do (i'm guessing) the soldiers have feelings of foreboding when they are issued extra cheese and rum? (Chapter 6)
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The servings of extra cheese have historically signaled rough times ahead.
Next day there was an issue of Edamer cheese. Each man gets almost a quarter of a cheese. In one way that is all to the good, for Edamer is tasty--but in another way it is vile, because the fat red balls have long been a sign of a bad time coming. Our forebodings increase as rum is served out. We drink it of course; but are not greatly comforted.
All Quiet on the Western Front