In Chapter 1 of All Quiet on the Western Front, Paul does not talk about the woods per se, but he does talk about appreciating the outdoors in the meadows. An outdoor latrine has been built for the soldiers, and at first, they are ashamed of having to relieve themselves in front of others. As time passes, they are simply happy to be out in the open air and their shame fades. Eventually, Paul says that he and the other soldiers prefer going to the bathroom outdoors as opposed to using tiled bathrooms. He goes on to say that the outdoors is a wonderful, care-free place where the soldiers can spend their time. Paul comments on the beauty of the horizon, the clouds, the flowers, and the butterflies. The outdoors is a sharp contrast to the horror of the front line, so Paul appreciates the calm of the outdoors more than he ever did before.