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The Red Badge of Courage

The Red Badge of Courage


by Stephen Crane

The Red Badge of Courage Chapter 6 Summary

  • Henry wakes up with a double dose of dopamine/serotonin flowing through his system. It’s like someone slipped him some super-Prozac while he was sleeping.
  • He smiles as he remembers what a major fighting machine he is. He nods as he considers his own mad skills. His pride and good will knows no bounds. Ah, the glorious manhood of "the Youth!"
  • Just then, the Confederates begin firing at his regiment. With great accuracy. Many of the men in Henry’s regiment begin running from battle.
  • Henry’s throat closes up, his legs (and bowels) turn to water, he throws down his gun and runs "like a rabbit."
  • Hopping and scampering along, he hightails (couldn’t resist) it as far away from the battle as he can get.

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