The Red Badge of Courage

A "dirty smile" bore what?

from the novel The Red Badge of Courage.

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There is a sense of courage, even though they were terrified. The fact that they are still alive after battle also gives them a sense of euphoria.

"Well, we 've helt 'em back. We 've helt 'em back; derned if we haven't." The men said it blissfully, leering at each other with dirty smiles.


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