Describe Krebs.

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It is difficult to establish Krebs’s true character because he is subdued and passive during the story. The only aspect of his life that seems to excite him is his encounter with books about the war, and this, we remind ourselves, is all in his past. Nevertheless he does undergo a change because of his decision to go to Kansas City (paragraph 95). Although he is neither deeply analytical nor articulate, he is trying to adjust to life back home. His adjustment for most of the story, however, takes the form of a general lassitude and a period of taking stock about his experiences during the war and also about his home and family. His integrity is shown in his good relationship with his sister and also in his regrets about the lies he has told. (But we do not learn what these lies are.) His integrity is additionally shown in his dissatisfaction with the thoughts about forming romantic attachments because of the additional lies he might have to tell and also because of the "politics" of establishing a love relationship.


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