How does Captain Bluntschli portray the image of a soldier in Act I?

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To begin with, although Captain Bluntschli is temporarily taking refuge in Raina’s room, he acts commandingly and warns that he has a gun. His appearance suggests that he has seen trouble, for he is “bespattered with mud and blood and snow” (5). However, his “soldierlike carriage and energetic manner” give Raina the impression that he can defend himself well, considering the fact that he just emerged from a gunfight. This helps her to surmise that he is an officer. He speaks about duty and death, still generally nervous about the shooting going on outside Raina’s home. Once he realizes that Raina’s family is about to discover him in her room, he prepares himself, like a soldier, for “a fight—a devil of a fight!” (6)

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