In All Quiet on the Western Front, in chapter 8, why does Paul appreciate the woods now?    

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In Chapter 8, Paul is away from the front, at a training camp for German soldiers.  While there, he has to do all sorts of exercises out in the woods.  While he is doing that, he comes to appreciate how beautiful everything is in the woods.

In this part of the chapter (right before he sees the Russian prisoners) he is thinking to himself that the reason that he can love nature here is that he is alone.  He says that when you are alone you can communicate with nature and love nature.

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