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The Red Badge of Courage

The Red Badge of Courage


by Stephen Crane

The Red Badge of Courage Chapter 20 Summary

  • Henry remembers the mule driver comment and yells at his fellow officers to keep going, but they are tired and sick of fighting.
  • Things are looking grim.
  • Wilson says, "Well, Henry, I guess this is goodbye." Henry looks at him and says, "Oh, shut up, you damned fool!" (20.17). (What a war-beast!)
  • The fighting gets even more fierce and desperate.
  • Suddenly, the bullets cease whizzing and the rifle shots quit zinging.
  • The Confederates have turned their gray-coated tails and run.
  • The Union troops look at each other in amazement and joy.
  • "And they were men" (20.31). (What an end line! Crane, you old show-boater.)

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