The Red Badge of Courage

For Henry to double his speed away from the one with two wounds was an example of what?

A) a defense mechanism B) passive avoidance C) active engagement D) a subtle invitation

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Although it certainly could be a mix of both A) and B), I'd say that B) passive avoidance fits this seen a little better. After being asked, "Where yah hit?" something struck Henry and drove him to slip away through the crowd and away form the wounded man.