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Manival gave us an escort of some drums and bugles, and we attracted a big crowd along our way. But it was no longer the enthusiastic, delirious crowd which attended the ﬁrst departures. They threw no ﬂowers, sent no kisses; they didn’t deafen our ears with hurrahs and bravos. That’s because it was no longer the short, clean, joyous war announced at 19 20 2nd Notebook the start by the lying newspapers. France had been invaded. We were at the threshold of winter, and the war looked to be long and the outcome doubtful.
Which was quite likely, given the impertinence of our southern character. Their favorite dish was goat meat. They slaughtered the animals themselves, at the station, but before killing them their priests had to bless them, which involved many prayers, genuﬂections, and benedictions. They also ate certain grains, of which I had a taste. These had no ﬂavor to speak of. At the end of the meal, they lit a big pipe which they could have called the squad’s pipe, because in each group every man took a few puffs and then passed it fraternally to his neighbor.
In my role as corporal, chef de wagon, in charge, I said to this brutal visitor, “If you want trophies, go ﬁnd them on the battleﬁeld. ” But a non-com, from a colonial regiment no less, has no dealings with an infantry corporal, and a Territorial one at that. That’s why it was just as if I hadn’t protested at all. I then asked a comrade to go ask the lieutenant who commanded the detachment, but when he brought him back the thief had disappeared, off into the countryside. Now the victim wept hot tears of anger, shame, and regret over the loss of his headgear, but one of us made him a gift of a bonnet de police [fatigue cap],12 which was disdainfully refused.