The Red Badge of Courage

Chapter 16: Henry starts to feel cocky. How do we know?

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Henry, however, is full of words for one of the few times in this book. While on the trench line, he tries to tell a joke. He complains about the generals to his friend. Later, he complains about being marched around only to eventual defeat. Each time, he is prevented from finishing his thoughts. In the trenches, the cannon above drown out his words. The sarcastic man bites off his comments while marching with a simple insult about his own battle prowess‹"Maybe you think you fought the whole war yesterday, Fleming."