The Glory of the Trenches

The Glory of the Trenches
An Interpretation

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The Glory of the Trenches by Coningsby Dawson

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1917

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An Interpretation

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The memoirs of a Canadian Artillery-man, wounded at Lens in late June, 1917, and written while he recovered in hospital.

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nition of common fineness is discouraged. These women who have pledged themselves to live among suffering, never allow themselves for a moment to guess what the sight of them means to us chaps in the cots. Perhaps that also is a part of their sacrifice. But we follow them with our eyes, and we wish that they would allow themselves to guess. For so many months we have not seen a woman; there have been so many hours when we expected never again to see a woman. We're Lazaruses exhumed and restored to normal ways of life by the fluke of having collected a bit of shrapnel--we haven't yet got used to normal ways. The mere rustle of a woman's skirt fills us with unreasonable delight and makes the eyes smart with memories of old longings. Those childish longings of the trenches! No one can understand them who has not been there, where all personal aims are a wash-out and the courage to endure remains one's sole possession.

The sisters at the Casualty Clearing Station--they understood. The Casualty Clearing Sta

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