The Day Tim O'Brien Was Drafted
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"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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