Nathanael West: One live recruit is better than a dozen dead veterans
From Good Hunting (1938)
We’ve been trying to take the Pepper Mill for months with that plan. We’ve held up the advance on the whole front. We’ve been hurled back again and again…routed…destroyed!
An attack is never entirely wasted. Experience under fire, you know, has moral value.
After all, we are turning a rabble of bookkeepers and farmers into an army of battle-tried soldiers.
What’s left of them.
(As though they should be glad)
They died for France!
Sure – only one live recruit is better than a dozen dead veterans.