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MonkeyNotes-The Killer Angels by Michael Shaara
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Minor Themes

Gentlemen (Stuart’s absence):

Lee is one of the few who is not willing to court martial the missing cavalry man. It’s ironic that Harrison, the spy who has been helping the Rebs, is still less trusted than the no-show Stuart.


Human Nature (emotion pain is greater than physical pain):

"The thing about the heart was that you could not coax it or force it, as you could any other disease." (p.74)

War’s Effects (blurs line between right and wrong):

" ‘Mrs. Pender...believes that now that we have invaded Pennsylvania we are in the wrong , and God has forsaken us.’ " (p.79)

Duty (Family vs. State):

"I swore to defend. Now I invade."

Lee vs. Longstreet:

"He [Longstreet]was taller than Lee, head like a boulder...Never cared much for appearance...A soft voice, a ragged mouth...He was not a Virginian" (p.80)

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