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Krebs’ post-war loneliness

“A distaste for everything that had happened to him in the war set in because of the lies he had told. All of the times that had been able to make him feel cool and clear inside himself when he thought of them; the times so long back when he had done the one thing, the only thing for a man to do, easily and naturally, when he might have done something else, now lost their cool, valuable quality and then were lost themselves.”

Hemingway, Ernest. “Soldier’s Home.” In Our Time. New York: Scribner Paperback Fiction, 2003. 69-70. Print.

I can’t relate to Krebs’ war experiences, but I feel a lot of sadness for Krebs because he can’t find anyone who understands his experience.

Soldier’s Home

“He had felt sorry for his mother and she had made him lie. He would go to Kansas City and get a job and she would feel all right about it. There would be one more scene maybe before he got away. He would not go down his father’s office. He would miss that one.He wanted his life to go smoothly. It had just gotten going that way. Well, that was all over now, anyway.”

Hemingway, Ernest. In Our Time. New York: Scribner Paperback Fiction, 1958. p77.

Harold makes the decision to leave quite quickly and just wants to escape; he doesn’t want to pretend anymore.