The Day Tim O'Brien Was Drafted

The Day Tim O'Brien Was Drafted

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  • Draft Notice
  • "A million things all at once -- I'm too good for this war. Too smart, too compassionate, too everything" (41).
  • "Goggles were a necessity, and a rubber apron, but even so it was like standing for eight hours a day under a lukewarm shower" (43).
  • WAR! WAR! WAR!
  • I need to get out of here.
  • "I drove North. It's a blur now, as it was then, and all I remember is a sense of high velocity and the feel of the steering wheel in my hands" (47).
  • "Even after two decades I can close my eyes and return to that porch at the Tip Top Lodge. I can see the old guy staring at me" (48).
  • "On two or three afternoons, to pass some time, I helped Elroy get the place ready for winter, sweeping down the cabins and hauling in the boats, little chores that kept my body moving" (51).
  • "And right then I submitted. I would go to war---I would kill and maybe die---because I was embarrassed not to" (59)
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