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The narrative voice is that of a soldier who has killed a man in a war, in which, they were fighting on two opposing sides. He has nothing against the man he shot dead; and does not seem to know the reason for the war. He speculates that the man he killed might have been just like himself and may have enlisted because he had nothing better to do and needed some money. He comments on the irony of war which he calls "quaint and curious", because in any other context, he and the man he killed might have become friends.
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