The Red Badge of Courage

how does the youth guilty conscience catch up with him

chapter 16

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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.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." This quiets Henry for a time. He knows exactly how much of it he did fight, ‹very little. This keeps him quiet for a while.