The Red Badge of Courage
"This thing won't do, now, Tom Jamison. It won't do. I know yeh, yeh pig-headed devil. Yeh wanta go trompin' off with a bad hurt. It ain't right – now – Tom Jamison – t ain't. Yeh wanta leave me take keer of yeh, Tom Jamison. It ain't – right – it ain't – fer yeh t' go – trompin' off – with a bad hurt – it ain't – ain't – ain't right – it ain't" (10.28).
He had been possessed of much fear of his friend, for he saw how easily questionings could make holes in his feelings. Lately, he had assured himself that the altered comrade would not tantalize him with a persistent curiosity, but he felt certain that during the first period of leisure his friend would ask him to relate his adventures of the previous day (15.8).
Another, who was a boy in years, took his plight with great calmness and apparent good nature. He conversed with the men in blue, studying their faces with his bright and keen eyes.
They spoke of battles and conditions. There was an acute interest in all their faces during this exchange of view points. It seemed a great satisfaction to hear voices from where all had been darkness and speculation (23.21).