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8 In the times of the war everything must have seemed very dull and sad These horrible feelings inside of everyone will have caused much digression and if people showed there sadness and hopelessness the atmosphere in the trenches and the dug outs would have been terribly depressing This is why people like Trotter tried not to express their sorrow but instead appear to be feeling normal and happy Instead of acting as if things were useless and life was drawing close to an end he would pretend things were normal Obviously it would have been very hard for somebody to make things feel natural in such a situation but Trotter still makes several attempts Generally Trotters whole attitude through scene 2 and in fact later in the play is one of cheeriness and he is very chirpy but there are certain things we can pull out from his script which emphasize this point For example on page 33 Line 17 Trotter says Yes That plumber was a prize cook e was Lucky for us one day e set imself on fire making the tea E went ome pretty well fried Did mason get that pepper There are several things we can pick put from just this sentence To start with Trotter is talking about something completely off-topic something that may come up in everyday speech Its obvious that instead of discussing things about the army and the coming German attack Trotter would prefer to talk about how a cook set himself on fire He also makes quite a joke of it and moves on very quickly What can quite easily notice in Scene 2 is the way Trotter always is doing something He seems never to stop always trying to do something that might keep his mind and others off the war a little bit longer In this sentence we see as soon as he stops his story he jumps to another topic
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