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In the story Sweetheart of the Song Tra Bong in The Things they Carried by Tim O Brian Mary Ann Bell goes from one end of the spectrum to the other Mary Ann is brought in by her high school sweetheart Mark Fossie They are destined to be married and live out the rest of their lives together In a matter of weeks she is transformed from a cute blonde high school girl to a Mark Fossie first toys with the idea of bringing her over from Cleveland and then goes through with it Listen the guy sends her the money Flies her over This cute blonde- just a kid just barely out of high school- she shows up with a suitcase and one of those plastic cosmetic bags Comes right out to the boonies pg102 She is very young at most seventeen years old She is pretty and has a great personality that all the guys appreciate She is never afraid of the unseen horrors of the war She thirsts for knowledge Mary Ann wants to know about everything and her desire for knowledge leads her to the loners of the war the green berets She starts by just going out on ambush with them then it progresses more The way she quickly fell into the habits of the bush No cosmetics no fingernail filing cut her hair short and wrapped it in a dark green bandana pg109 She breaks it off with Mark Fossie and doesnt want to leave the bush She does stuff even the greenies wouldnt do She stays with them until she eventually The greenies say shes still alive but theyve never really seen her again She was one with the jungle She was young and innocent then became a ferocious hunter of the jungle She was dangerous She was ready for the kill pg125
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