March - Part One, Chapter Four: A Little Hell Summary & Analysis

Geraldine Brooks
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Part One, Chapter Four: A Little Hell Summary

Writing to his wife from outside Hayden's Ferry, March details the soldier's questioning of faith. They are growing desperate and the weather is atrocious. To lighten the mood, March says that the weather is much like the weather when he first laid eyes on his wife. They had met during a mass funeral for seven men who had lost their lives in a battle. One of these men's bodies, a black man, was not permitted to be part of the funeral even though he had died fighting for the same cause as the white soldiers. March was incensed, but agreed to speak at the funeral anyway. He included the black man's death in his speech, despite the outcry. In the audience, a young woman's dark eyes encouraged his speaking, alight with agreement. The girl was...

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