The Things They Carried Love

The Things They Carried Love

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  • A couple of years after we got back from the war, John Cross stopped by my home unexpectedly. For a whole day we just drank coffee, smoked cigarettes, and talk. 
  • John Cross and I discussed our lives after the war and what we have been up to. He showed me the new copy of the picture of Martha playing volleyball, after burning the first.
  •  John told me about his meeting with Martha a couple of years after the war. They talked for hours and caught up on each other's lives.
  • Martha discussed how she never married and later Jimmy finally confessed his feeling about the night they went to the movies together. She was very grateful that he didn't do anything, and she couldn't understand how men could just do such things.
  • You could obviously see the hurt on his face realizing his one-sided love with Martha, but man did he love that girl.
  • As he was leaving, I told him about my idea of writing down a couple of our stories from Vietnam. He thought it was a good idea and maybe if he looked enough, Martha might come running. In our last few moments, he made me promise not to mention anything about Ted Lavender.
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