Does Riviere, the protagonist in Night Flight, act as a moral leader in chapters 15–19?

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Riviere, the protagonist in Night Flight, acts as a moral leader in chapters 15–19 by providing much-needed comfort to the wife of the missing Fabien.

Although Riviere generally comes across as a stern disciplinarian with a heart of flint, he shows himself in chapter 19 to be a fundamentally decent, compassionate man capable of displaying genuine empathy.

Riviere is increasingly aware that Fabien is lost and will not be coming home. But even so, he does not want to say or do anything that might cause Fabien's wife to give up hope. As a "deep, unuttered pity" stirs within Riviere's heart, he knows that Fabien's death won't become real for his wife until the following day. This shows a great understanding of death and the enormous impact it can have on a family.

At the same time, Riviere continues to maintain his discipline, gruffly ordering Robineau about as per usual. Moral leadership entails not just being empathetic, but also showing resolve in the face of adversity. And that's precisely what Riviere displays in his professionalism and absolute dedication to duty.

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