The Atlantic Volume 122

The Atlantic Volume 122

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1918 edition. Excerpt: ...different from any known experience in all the world's history, that you cannot feel yourself. It seems as if it was just your spirit. The grotesque fanciful shapes of cloudprojections, as you wind in and out among them, are so incomparably white, the air is so cold and so devoid of dust and moist particles, that it seems as if there were no air at all. With the illusion of absolute awful stillness, little wonder that I can feel that I might come upon her on the other side of the next cloud. Love to all. CAMP BOBDEN, October 24, 1917. Momma DEAR, --I feel no bitterness against the Huns as individuals or as a race. It is war that I hate, and war that I am willing to give all to end as permanently as possible; for it is n't the men that war kills, it is the mother's heart which it destroys that makes it hateful to me. War personified should not be the figure of death on a body-strewn battlefield, as it so often is. It should be pictured as a loathsome male striking a woman from behind--a woman with arms tied, but eyes wide open. To kill that figure because it has struck my own mother--that is what I am exerting myself and all the will in my being to accomplish. It hurts me so to think of the ever-growing hopelessness that a mother has to bear. The impotency to do anything--just sit and wait, wait, wait. It is so immeasurably harder than to go out and risk death, or meet it, as we can. To me it seems like a great final examination in college for a degree summa vita in mortem, and it challenges the best in me----spurs me on to dig down for every last reserve of energy, strength, and thought. As I said in my letter to Dr. Mills, --a thought suggested by Dr. Black, --'Death is the greatest event in life, ' and it is...
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  • Paperback | 536 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 27mm | 948g
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236950283
  • 9781236950284