Good soldiers never pass up a chance to eat or sleep. They never know how much they’ll be called on to do before the next chance.
I don’t duel, boy. I kill as a soldier kills, which is as a butcher kills, as quickly, efficiently, and with as least risk to myself as I can arrange.
History is reticent about women who were common soldiers, who bore arms, belonged to regiments, and took part in battles on the same terms as men, though hardly a war has been waged without women soldiers in the ranks.
A true and faithful Christian does not make holy living an accidental thing. It is his great concern. As the business of the soldier is to fight, so the business of the Christian is to be like Christ.
A Good Soldier is one of my favorite novels, for various reasons. But the class question is a good one, because it’s not always easy to empathize with privileged people.