A Tale for the Time Being - Section 5 Summary & Analysis

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Section 5

Haruki #1’s writes a secret diary in French during his military training. The soldiers have been instructed to keep a diary of their training and feelings, but they are warned by another student soldier that the senior officers will inspect these diaries. They are instructed not to write their true feelings in these diaries. Haruki #1 decides to write a private journal in French.

He writes of how K is tortured by the commanding officer. K does not react to this torture. Haruki steps in front of K during one attack and the commanding officer is delighted and continues the attack on Haruki. Haruki is wrapping his journal in oilskin and hiding it under the rice in the bottom of his lunchbox. He cannot write candidly in his letters, but wants his mother to know the full truth one day.

Haruki is made to...

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