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All Quiet on the Western Front Scene 22

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Scene 22

Scene 22

  • The soldiers sit in their dugout picking lice from their clothes when Westhus and Detering return from patrol.
  • Seeing blossoming cherry trees, Detering's been overtaken with homesickness.
  • The older soldiers discuss the lives they'll return to when the war is over, but Albert points out that the younger soldiers have nothing to return to other than school.
  • And what can school possibly teach them now? Nothing half as useful as lighting a cigarette in the wind, that's what.

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