The Summer Before the War: A Novel - Chapter 28 - Epilogue Summary & Analysis

Helen Simonson
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In Chapter Twenty-Eight, Hugh’s hospital is located a few miles from the coast, and he must daily select which cases he will operate on. Hugh is exhausted and horrified by so much death. He works tirelessly to try to save lives. He encounters Snout one evening, who explains that Daniel is alive and good, and that Harry Wheaton has been injured and promoted to captain (with Snout being his aide). Meeting Snout compels Hugh to use his two-day leave from duty to tour forward first aid stations. Even the medics and medical teams working up near the front are often victims of the fighting. Hugh’s guides, Archie and Bill, reveal their criteria for administering aid or administering a farewell cigarette: anything more than three-quarters of a man intact receives treatment, while anything less receives a cigarette and no morphine. Hugh...

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