1. Why is Inman in a military hospital?
Inman is a solider in the Confederate army during the Civil War. Inman has been injured and is recuperating from his wounds.
2. Why does Inman seek out the blind man and speak to him about the war and his feelings on being born without eyes?
Inman is homesick and depressed about the things he has seen in the war. Inman seeks out the blind man because he feels this man must be angry about his fate in life, but discovers that the man does not dwell on the negative. This inspires Inman to look to the future rather than dwell on the past.
3. Who is Balis? What manuscript is he working on?
Balis is the wounded soldier who lies in the bed next to Inman. Balis is working on a translation of a Greek tragedy. Inman takes this manuscript with him when he leaves the hospital with the idea of finishing it when he settles down with Ada.
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