The Red Badge of Courage

what different feelings does Henry have as the company moves closer to the scene of battle?

chapter 3 and 4

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Henry's feelings remain ambivalent and shifting. He almost always has some opinion or thought about battle, but they change often. In this chapter, they change at least three times, from fear and dread upon seeing the battle, to anticipation of an actual fight, to frustration when the men are being withdrawn. As the men watch the haze of battle approach (chapter 4), men start to run out of it. The defeated regiment runs through the young troops. The "blue line" only watches them go. The officers try to stop their flight, but the other troops only watch. They are still "blue" and considering an outside action. Henry feels the cold chill of animal panic.