The narrator continues discussing the war. The tournament king was in the war and he has the tattooed skin. So he is a military person. The second one is the one who is wounded without showing his bravery. But he lost his faith in a short time from being scared. He is not a military man. The third one is a loud speaker. He is the most popular CAP. He has an attitude toward the war of a real "country". He is a coward. He is talking about courage, but he is a politician who is uncomfortable with the idea of killing.(In this doubtful quality of the speaker, an ever-recurring theme of courage is brought to life. He is a man of honor, but he will never speak up for himself or others. And the reader is aware that he doubts the adage that "War is hell." Instead, he would prefer not to become a killer. But the reflected image of the boy in the hospital room comes between him and the adage. He does not want to kill, but he does want to join the army again, if he can be a coward in the hospital and do anything else while there. He acknowledges his cowardice, and he resolves to do what he can with his mind until he can go in the hospital again; and, finally, to do what he can with his body when he gets out. This proves his courage, but it is doubtful until he has an occasion to prove that with his body.
The speaker represents in his essays a "country" in which the worst of the war is done by those who love it; for in every war there are victories as well as defeats which are passed on to the soft-hearted and the frightened, and more pain and suffering are endured in a war than are necessary. But the speaker represents a different kind of war. It is one in which the soldier has had their minds outgrown by the rigors of the war. This is a war of youth for the telling of it. And the war should never be brought on. Every man should be allowed the privilege of being a child until he is through with his youth. The speaker stands for a continuation of the war. d2c66b5586