The Red Badge of Courage

why is Henry so surprised at the behavior of the loud soldier

end of chapter 3

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Wilson, the loud soldier,  prophetically lays his hand on Henry's shoulder and says, with a trembling lip, that this will be his first and last battle. He gives Henry a packet of letters to send to his family and then, in tears, turns away. Before this Wilson was boasting about his bravery and skill in battle.