The Red Badge of Courage

How does Henry interpret the squirrels behaviour?

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Henry is relieved and relaxed by the landscape. It carries a sense of peace. He throws a pinecone at a squirrel, which runs away in fear. This also settles Henry's mind. The squirrel did not stand still in front of the thrown object; like him, it ran away, trying to preserve itself. Henry does not feel so badly about running himself.