Please describe the characters Editha and George individually and then in relation to one another.

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Editha is a rather naive young lady who doesn't appear to know much about the world around her. She gets most of her opinions from the scurrilous newspapers that peddle a daily diet of jingoism and crass sensationalism. As a result, she thinks that war's nothing but an awfully big adventure, with guts and glory aplenty. She doesn't have the faintest inkling of the death, destruction, and suffering that it involves.

This naive attitude to war affects her relationship with George. She doesn't value him for himself; to Editha, he's only as a means of fulfilling her romantic fantasies. For his part, George is a good deal more rational and worldly than his girlfriend, but still allows himself to be inveigled into the war against his better instincts. This would appear to suggest that George and Editha's relationship is a co-dependent one. George feels he has to do everything to please Editha, even if it means compromising his principles, even if it means risking death to satisfy her romantic lust for glory.

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From the earliest of moments in the story, Editha is shown as one who has embraced the jingoistic claims of nationalism in a time of war.  Editha sees war as a romantic pursuit, one in which there is no complexity.  For Editha, when the nation has committed to war, there is no question of its authenticity and little room for doubt in terms of individuals paying heed to its call:

"But don't you see, dearest," she said, "that it wouldn't have come to this, if it hadn't been in the order of Providence? And I call any war glorious that is for the liberation of people who have been struggling for years against the cruelest oppression. Don't you think so too?"

Editha views war in terms of Providential design, "glorious" in its notion of "liberation, " and an exercise in which there can be no ambiguity.  For Editha, war is an exercise of Romantic valor, something expressed to George in a letter to him in which her love of the "adventure" in war is almost secondary to the affection of a beloved:  

"I shall always love you, and therefore I shall never marry any one else. But the man I marry must love his country first of all, and be able to say to me, "'I could not love thee, dear, so much, Loved I not honor more.' "There is no honor above America with me. In this great hour there is no other honor."

"Honor" is something that Editha defines externally.  George defines himself in a very different manner.  For George, "honor" is internal, adhering to a conception from within.  In response to Editha's zeal about war, George responds, ""But war! Is it glorious to break the peace of the world?"  For George, the action of war is not honorable.  George sees the world possessing doubt, something that he feels is present when he "differs" from Editha.  In contrast to Editha's certainty, George sees doubt and confusion.  It is because of this that he is swayed to join the war effort, joining something in which he has doubt and uncertainty.

It is in this point and counterpoint in which Editha and George operate.  They function in relation to one another because they represent the entire emotional spectrum about love, war, and commitment.  One exists in total certainty and another exists in doubt.  In the end, the complementing nature of both helps to explore the dimensions of what it means to be human.

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