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Tom's character is the reason for the verbal irony. Most people would be upset at being shot or injured, but Tom is proud to have a bullet in his calf because it shows how tough or bad he is. He is adventurous and excited to have evidence of surviving danger.
The verbal irony is that Tom should actually be sad and hurt, not glad. Being injured with a bullet one of the worst things that can happen to one, and the irony here is that Tom is the ‘gladdest person’.
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