Friday, September 01, 2006

Why We Love Mark Helprin (III)

When I got back to Rome I discovered that the Italian Army considered me dead - in Gruensee, in the observation post, and on the Cima Bianca. That I was reported killed three times seemed not to affect their trust in the reports except to strengthen it. Being the army, they must have thought that anyone who was killed three times was most certainly deader than if he had been killed only once.
-- A Soldier of the Great War, X (La Rondine, p. 799)


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