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Why does Henry desert Jim Conklin?

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I believe that this question is referencing Henry's actions in chapter 6. I do hesitate to say that Henry deserted only Jim Conklin: Henry deserted his entire unit in this chapter. The chapter begins with Henry riding an emotional high from surviving the combat that happened in the previous chapter. But then the enemy redouble their efforts and charge once again. Henry's unit begins falling apart, and Henry decides to make a run for it, like many of the other soldiers are doing. Henry is technically deserting Conklin and anybody else in the unit who chooses to stay behind and fight.

Those that stay behind actually fend off the enemy...

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