Chapter 5: a bit of war photography
After the applause won by Mr. Stephen Crane
's Red Badge of Courage
, a little reaction is not strange; and this has already taken, in some quarters, a form quite unjust and unfair.
Certainly any one who spent so much as a week or two in camp, thirty years ago, must be struck with the extraordinary freshness and vigor of the book.
No one except Tolstoi
, within my knowledge, has brought out the daily life of war so well; it may be said of these sentences, in Emerson
's phrase, “Cut these and they bleed.”
The breathlessness, the hurry, the confusion, the seeming aimlessness, as of a whole family of disturbed ants, running to and fro, yet somehow accomplishing something at last; all these aspects, which might seem the most elementary and the easiest to depict, are yet those surest to be omitted, not merely by the novelists,