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  • ¨On the Rainy River¨
  • ¨Enemies and friends¨
  • You stole my jackknife
  • I didn't take your jackknife
  • ¨Church¨
  • Thanks boys
  • On O’Brien’s last full day at the Tip Top Lodge, Elroy takes him fishing on the Rainy River. During the voyage it occurs to O’Brien that they must have stopped in Canadian territory—soon after, Elroy stops the boat. O’Brien stares at the shoreline of Canada, twenty yards ahead of him, and wonders what to do. Elroy pretends not to notice as O’Brien bursts into tears. O’Brien tells himself he will run to Canada, but he silently concludes that he will go to war because he is embarrassed not to. Elroy pulls in his line and turns the boat back toward Minnesota.
  • ¨The Man I Killed¨
  • poor kid
  • he would've done the same thing to you O´Brein
  • One morning on patrol Dave Jensen and Lee strunk get into fistfght over a missing jackknife that Jensen thinks Strunk had stolen. Jensen breaks Stunk´s nose, hitting him repeatedly and without stopping and showing no mercy. Afterward, Jensen is nervous that Strunk will try ro get revenge and pays special attention to Strunk´s whereabouts. The next morning Strunk admits he had taken Jensen´s jackknife.
  • ¨Speaking Of Courage¨
  • the platoon comes across an abandoned pagoda that seems to function as a church. Every day during the men’s stay there, which lasts more than a week, two monks bring them water and other goods. One day, while the monks clean and oil Dobbins’s M-60 machine gun, Dobbins says that though he isn’t a religious man and wouldn’t enjoy taking part in the sermons, he might like to join the church because he would enjoy interacting with people. .
  • ¨Notes¨
  • O’Brien killed with a grenade in My Khe. O’Brien describes the wounds that he inflicted. The man’s jaw was in his throat, he says, and his upper lip and teeth were missing. One eye was shut, and the other looked like a star-shaped hole. O’Brien imagines that the man he killed was born in 1946 and that his parents were farmers; that he was neither a Communist nor a fighter and that he hoped the Americans would go away.
  • After the war, Norman Bowker returns to Iowa. On the Fourth of July, as he drives his father’s big Chevrolet around the lake, he realizes that he has nowhere to go. He reminisces about his highschool girlfriend, Sally Kramer, who is now married.
  • O’Brien says that “Speaking of Courage” was written at the request of Norman Bowker who, three years after the story was written, hanged himself in the YMCA. O’Brien says that in 1975, right before Saigon finally collapsed, he received a seventeen-page, handwritten letter from Bowker saying that he couldn’t find a meaningful use for his life after the war. He worked several short-lived jobs and lived with his parents. At one point he enrolled in junior college, but he eventually dropped out.
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