Chapter 20 Summary

Corporal Whitcomb

The chaplain is discouraged as he leaves Colonel Cathcart’s office, ashamed that he had not been more forceful when discussing the new sixty-mission rule. This is always how he feels when he is confronted with stronger personalities. He already feels terrible, but he feels worse as he sees Colonel Korn walking toward him. The chaplain is even more frightened of Korn than he is of Cathcart, for Korn is disdainful and derisive and the man of God finds himself tongue-tied whenever they meet.

Korn is “an untidy disdainful man” in a rotund and rather repulsive body. The two men pass one another and Korn curtly addresses the Anabaptist chaplain as father, a...

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