Campaigns and Intervals by Jean GiraudouxCampaigns and Intervals by Jean Giraudoux

Campaigns and Intervals

byJean Giraudoux

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1918. Excerpt: ... II MONDAY Monday, September 7. On the road again. I am hunting for the flag which Flamond's company has just captured from the Germans. Night is falling. Stray soldiers trudge along in the ditches; they look as if they were dragging the laden stretchers which follow two hundred yards or so behind. After these latter trail some slightly wounded men who have invented this manner of getting to the relief station without bothering anybody with questions on the way. No dead men here, no dying; this part of the battlefield near the hospital is kept cleared as a sanitary measure. The nearer haystacks and hedgerows are robbed of their wounded, just as the lower branches of an orchard are stripped of fruit. One sees motionless groups: stretcher-bearers who have felt their burden turn heavy all at once lower it to the ground, and go back for a lighter one. Tired feet drag along; in the distance a spasm of coughing; country night sounds. All those who have been carrying on the day's fighting alone--munition-convoy men, telegraphers--are streaming back to the village; you may know the peasants by the way they say "good-evening" to you. Then one begins to meet fewer passers-by. The road shoulders itself up above the fields, and there, far below me, spreads out the war-inf ested plain which the infantryman of to-day may only see by risking his head above his loophole. From where I stand it already looks ravaged, with its ploughed fields in disorder, its scars, and all the odds and ends cast up by the earth when it covers dead men--caps, shoes--here a pair of suspenders spread out as if for sale, there a stiff hand reaching up out of a furrow. I plod along. The day will come when, looking back on this solitary walk after years in the trenches, I shall have much the same...

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Title:Campaigns and IntervalsFormat:PaperbackDimensions:50 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.1 inPublished:January 31, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217916325

ISBN - 13:9780217916325

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