The Things They Carried - Chapter 11 Summary & Analysis

Tim O'Brien
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Chapter 11 Summary

One afternoon, the men come across a pagoda occupied by two monks. Kiowa warns them that it's wrong to set up at a church, but they do set up camp, and it is a peaceful time for them all. The monks are happy and pleasant, and seem honored to have the men staying with them. They are friendly to everyone, but seem especially fond of Henry Dobbins.

Dobbins tells Kiowa that he might decide to join the monks when he finishes his tour of duty. He says when he was younger, he considered becoming a minister, not because he was overly religious, but because he wanted to help people. He knew he wouldn't be any good at the sermons, he just wanted to be nice to people. He asks Kiowa if he had ever thought of becoming a minister, since he carries the New Testament and never...

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