"And there shall be no mistake about the cartridges this time."  What does its mean in Arms and the Man?The question is taken from the play "Arms and the Man" written by Bernard Shaw and these...

 "And there shall be no mistake about the cartridges this time."  What does its mean in Arms and the Man?

The question is taken from the play "Arms and the Man" written by Bernard Shaw and these line are from Act 3.

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In Arms and The Man by George Bernard Shaw, Sergius only survives because of his army’s mistake - the quartermaster gets the ammo wrong. Bluntschli sends the gunners the wrong ammunition so they weren't effective against the Bulgarians when they attacked their cavalry against all the odds and military codes.

He has a strange outlook on things including war for example carrying chocolate candy instead of cartridges in his belt as he thinks they are more useful or comforting than bullets.

This satirical play highlights the foolishness of glorifying something awful like war and also concerns the foolishness of idealistic unrealistic visions of love. sadly many of these undercurrents were not recognised by audiences at first, and so Shaw had feelings of failure about this work.

kc4u | Student

The professional soldier and Shavian mouth-piece, Bluntschli made this remark to Sergius Saranoff, who had fantastically won the battle of Slivnitza by fighting in the most unprofessional way. Sergius led a cavalry charge against the Serbian artillery. Bluntschli who was in the Serbian artilley saw how Sergius and his cavalry brigade came charging like Don Quixote and his associates. As the artilley-men were about to fire, they found that wrong ammunitions were supplied. Sergius became the 'hero of Slivnitza' only because Bluntschli and his fellow soldiers did not have the right kind of ammunitions.

In act 3, as Bluntschli returns and secures the love of Sergius's betrothed, Raina, Sergius is supposed to fight his rival in love in a duel. Sergius, being a cavalry soldier, shall carry his sword; whereas, Bluntschli being the artillery-man, shall go with his gun; and he mockingly tells his rival that he would not forget to carry the right cartridges on this occasion.