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CHAPTER 14

Summary

When Henry awoke the next morning, he felt that he was still at the battlefront. When he saw the two-day old dirty bandages on his legs, he realized where he was. He asked Nurse Gage to bring a barber for him. She told him that she would have given him a glass of wine if he had asked her. She then informed him that Barkley had arrived and that she did not like her much. After cleaning him up, she sent for the barber. The barber was very solemn and refrained from talking while he shaved Henry’s face. He mistook Henry for an Austrian officer and so would not talk to him. He had wielded a very sharp razor and if Henry had moved, he would have definitely killed him.


Just then, Catherine entered the room, said “hello, darling” to him, came across, and sat on his bed. She looked fresh, young, and very beautiful. When Henry saw her, he realized that he was in love with her and everything turned over inside of him. He kissed her and felt her heart beating fast. He told her that he loved her and was crazy about her. Though there were some problems regarding her stay in the hospital, she promised him that she would stay. She told him that she would come whenever she could. Henry thought that God knew he did not want to fall in love with anyone. But, now, he had fallen in love with her. Miss Gage came in and told him that the doctor would be arriving that afternoon.

Notes

This chapter is significant because, for the first time, Henry realized that his feelings for Catherine were very deep. He was afraid of any commitment until, but since he realized that he loved her, he felt better. From then on, battles took a backseat and love played the major role, as Henry realized that he did not lust after Catherine, but genuinely loved her.

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