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Describe the ways Krebs spends his days in "Soldier's Home".

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attitude2720 | Student, Grade 11 | eNotes Newbie

Posted November 30, 2009 at 7:02 AM via web

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Describe the ways Krebs spends his days in "Soldier's Home".

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dymatsuoka | (Level 1) Distinguished Educator

Posted December 1, 2009 at 3:11 AM (Answer #1)

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When Krebs first returns home, he "(does) not want to talk about the war at all".  After awhile, however, he finds he has a "need to talk but no one want(s) to hear about it".  To this end, it would seem that he makes some attempt at socializing, going to the pool room, and talking to old acquaintances "in the dressing room at a dance".  Very quickly, though, Krebs discovers that people are "not thrilled with his stories", and he retreats into his parents house, for the most part watching the world go by from within its safe confines.  Krebs develops a routine during the late summer,

"sleeping late in bed, getting up to walk down town to the library to get a book, eating lunch at home, reading on the front porch until he be(comes) bored and then walking down through the town to spend the hottest hours of the day in the cool dark of the pool room".

Krebs likes to watch the young girls go by as he sits on his front porch reading; his interest is innocent, and, like everything he does, detached.  He thinks he might like to have a relationship, but does not want it enough to put any effort into it; "he (does) not want to have to do any courting...he (does) not want any consequences".  His experiences during the war have left him empty, and he feels that he no longer belongs in the world as it exists around him.  Krebs spends his days in a safe cocoon of his own making, observing his surroundings but making no connections.

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