The Red Badge of Courage - Chapter XVIII Summary & Analysis

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Chapter XVIII Summary

Today, Henry was trapped by the advance of the enemy and he felt like a hunted animal. It was so different from yesterday's experience when he had fought and run and had many adventures. On this day, he had no time to think. Moreover, he was angry that he had not had sufficient time to recuperate from the previous day. He was exhausted and wanted a reprieve, but none was in sight.

Henry was particularly irritated that the enemy never seemed to tire, but there was nothing else to do but assume his battle position and wait. He felt that he and his comrades were being taunted and the fact that he had no way of taking vengeance yet made him think all sorts of dark thoughts. At that moment he would have given his life to see their faces contorted in fear.

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