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ISBN-10: 1349011649

ISBN-13: 9781349011643

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Mess at Woolwich. The camaraderie of war dissolves most barriers, and I settled down almost at once as a full and uninhibited member of our little community. The major was a regular who habitually spoke of the working classes as if they were dirt, which jarred. But when one dreadful night, when the battery had been caught on the march by German guns, I saw him lying in the open, with the shells pouring down, protecting a poor little driver whose belly had been ripped open by a splinter, while the rest of us were taking cover in a ditch and shouting to him to come in, I began to learn that appearances are not necessarily everything.

Mess at Woolwich. The camaraderie of war dissolves most barriers, and I settled down almost at once as a full and uninhibited member of our little community. The major was a regular who habitually spoke of the working classes as if they were dirt, which jarred. But when one dreadful night, when the battery had been caught on the march by German guns, I saw him lying in the open, with the shells pouring down, protecting a poor little driver whose belly had been ripped open by a splinter, while the rest of us were taking cover in a ditch and shouting to him to come in, I began to learn that appearances are not necessarily everything.

The miscellaneous reading of my early youth had inevitably brought me in contact with the literature of revolt. Were not a fair proportion of the poets and thinkers from Shelley onwards in vague rebellion against existing institutions and latent with Messianic hopes of some sort of deliverance? Certainly, in the frame of mind in which I then was, it would have been strange if, as I read my Shaw, my Wells, my Ruskin, I had not had the feeling that things were seriously out of joint and that the superior minds of the last hundred years had been against the system of private property and free enterprise.

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