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The exact positioning of the men and the careful attention to terminology in the description of their postures is part of Bierces reality effect He is creating this event as a fact by using the precise language of military drill These details have a thematic effect as well--one Bierce identifies explicitly The goal of establishing the reality of the situation is reinforced by the geographic and historical references eg Alabama Federal The arrangement of the troops has thematic significance as well Bierce makes the meaning of the ordered ranks explicit The narrative tone is clearly sarcastic here the army is liberal only in its distribution of suffering and death By now Bierces tone is established dry ironic exact almost pedantic--the voice of a satirist The phrase is from Shakespeares 1 Henry IV Act 1 scene 3 Wor Peace cousin say no more And now I will uncalsp a secret book And to your quick-conceiving discontents Ill read you matter deep and dangerous As full of peril and adventurous spirit As to oerwalk a curren roaring loud On the unsteadfast footing of a spear This speech of Worcesters sdrew Harry Hotspur to join the rebellion against King Henry IV like Fahrquhar Hotspur dies the victim of his own romanticism--and of the treachery of others less passionate and more calculating Time slows down here the explanation of the phenomenon is both detailed and plausible--and there is a special trick here he closes his eyes and concentrates on the scene around him and then turns his thoughts resolutely toward his family This is the last action presented in sequence we now retreat into Fahrquhars past
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