The Things They Carried - Chapter 8 Summary & Analysis

Tim O'Brien
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Chapter 8 Summary

Tim remembers Curt Lemon, but he says he found it hard to mourn his death. He thought Curt was a bit of a show-off and a bragger, and that he tended to take things too far. Tim says that before he gets sentimental, he'd like to tell a Curt Lemon story.

One time, the men were working in an area they called the Rocket Pocket. For them, it was like a two-week vacation; there were beaches and palm trees, and everything was quiet. The higher-ups had to have them doing something, though, so they sent in a dentist to check the soldiers' teeth. The young dentist lectured them on proper oral hygiene, then set up what amounted to a dental assembly line, with soldiers taking a turn getting work done quickly.

As they wait, Curt Lemon seems to get more and more nervous. He explains that in...

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