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All Quiet on the Western Front
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All Quiet on the Western Front
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  • Had we gone into the trenches without this period of training most of us would certainly have gone mad. Only thus were we prepared for what awaited us. We did not break down, but adapted ourselves;
  • We are quartered in a small dark factory adapted to the purpose.
  • We will be superfluous even to ourselves, we will grow older, a few will adapt themselves, some others will merely submit, and most will be bewildered;—the years will pass by and in the end we shall fall into ruin.
  • In the quiet hours when the puzzling reflection of former days like a blurred mirror, projects beyond me the figure of my present existence, I often sit over against myself, as before a stranger, and wonder how the unnameable active principle that calls itself to life has adapted itself even to this form.

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  • This passage is adapted from Ralph Ellison, Invisible Man ©1952.

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