In our Time (1924)

  • chapter 1

  • Narrator

    Everybody was drunk.

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  • The whole battery was drunk going along the road in the dark.

  • We were going to the Champagne.

  • The lieutenant kept riding his horse out into the fields and saying to him,

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    Lieutenant

    “I’m drunk, I tell you, mon vieux.

  • Oh, I am so soused.”

  • Narrator

    We went along the road all night in the dark and the adjutant kept riding up alongside my kitchen and saying,

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    Lieutenant

    “You must put it out.

  • It is dangerous.

  • It will be observed.”

  • Narrator

    We were fifty kilometers from the front but the adjutant worried about the fire in my kitchen.

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  • It was funny going along that road.

  • That was when I was a kitchen corporal.

  • chapter 2

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    The first matador got the horn through his sword hand and the crowd hooted him out.

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  • The second matador slipped and the bull caught him through the belly and he hung on to the horn with one hand and held the other tight against the place,

  • and the bull rammed him wham against the wall and the horn came out, and he lay in the sand, and then got up like crazy drunk and tried to slug the men carrying him away and yelled for his sword but he fainted.

  • The kid came out and had to kill five bulls because you can’t have more than three matadors, and the last bull he was so tired he couldn’t get the sword in.

  • He couldn’t hardly lift his arm.