The answer to the first part of this question is left up to reader interpretation. The story does not directly tell readers whether Henry drowned on purpose or by accident. Readers are left to infer this answer based on his characterization throughout the story. Personally, I think that Henry killed himself at the end of the story. Before going off to war, he was a very happy and vibrant individual. He loved cruising around in the car and literally swooping ladies off of their feet and twirling them around in the air:
Then my brother Henry did something funny. He went up to the chair and said, "Jump on my shoulders." So she did that, and her hair reached down past his waist, and he started twirling, this way and that, so her hair was flung out from side to side.
"I always wondered what it was like to have long pretty hair," Henry says. Well we laughed.
That Henry never returned from the war. Instead, the narrator gets back a Henry that is jumpy, quiet, and exceptionally...
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