Sunday, April 6, 2008

Eyes! Eyes! Eyes! Introduction

It was then the "Prairie Squirrels" were at Parvillers that Pete Mullins was sent down the line as a shell-shocked case, with every man in his platoon knowing that he had not been near a shell explosion. Yet none of them derided him, or said that he was swinging the lead, for he was, for the time at least, as pitiful physical wreck as one would care to see.
He kept hiding his face with his hands, and shuddering, and when they got him to bed at the hospital he lay for six days with his face to the wall. When they spoke to him all he would say was "Eyes-eyes-eyes."
Ted Hiller was with Pete all that terrible day when he saw the eyes, and it was Ted who told me the story.

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