At the beginning of chapter 9 of Testament of Youth, Brittain receives a telegram that informs her of her brother’s death. Before even opening the message, Brittain notes that she “knew what was in the telegram.” However, there is still some faint hope, as Brittain “opened and read it in a tearing anguish of suspense.” This makes this scene even more dramatic, as both the reader and Brittain know all along that any hope is totally unrealistic.
Brittain has to tell her family the sad news. Later, she retreats to a room to look at a picture of her brother, thinking of him and mourning his tragic life and death. She thinks of the music they played together, as music was an important part of his life. She cries out for her brother—“Edward? Oh Edward!”—in the unrealistic hope that her “persistent crying and calling would somehow bring him back.”
More letters arrive that inform the family of additional details regarding Edward’s death. Brittain tracks down...
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