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The Red Badge of Courage
by Stephen Crane
"The Tattered Soldier" Timeline and Summary
"The Tattered Soldier" attaches himself to Henry after one of the battles. He listens in complete awe, with his mouth hanging open, as a sergeant tells tales about the battle. When the sergeant makes fun of him, he shrinks back and begins talking to Henry. His voice is "as gentle as a girl’s and his eyes [are] pleading" (8.30). "The Tattered Soldier" sees everything about the army as beautiful and honorable, even though he currently has two terrible wounds. He tries to ask Henry where Henry’s wound is. When Henry rushes away, "the Tattered Soldier" is hurt and surprised. "The Tattered Soldier" comes upon Henry, who is trying to help the dying Jim Conklin. "The Tattered Soldier" is in awe of Jim’s death throes. When Henry tries to leave, "The Tattered Soldier" starts whining and practically crying and calling Henry "Tom Jamison." "The Tattered Soldier" is desperate for Henry to stay. He is like an animal in his single-mindedness. Henry deserts him anyway.