Chapter 1: 1919 Summary and Analysis
Shadrack: a young man with a psychic war injury from World War I; founder of National Suicide Day
Male nurse: the balding man who treats Shadrack in the hospital
Reverend Deal: a minister of the Bottom who accepts National Suicide Day
Every January 3rd after 1920, Shadrack celebrated National Suicide Day. For many years, he was the only one to celebrate. The events of 1917 resulted in his establishment of the holiday.
During World War I, Shadrack, who was barely 20, and his comrades met the enemy on a French field in December of 1917. After seeing his friend killed, Shadrack awoke in a hospital. Even though Shadrack was still...
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