And Eliot gives us Fresca's morning business. Fortunately it was cut.
All Quiet opens with the eating first does it not?
All Quiet (or rather one brief episode) offers a fine gloss on Yeats's great
and vile poem, "An Irish Airman Foresees His Death" -- the scene near the
end where the sergeant is carrying a wounded man slung over his back. If I
remember (from 60 years back) the shot correctly, an airplane shows in an
upper corner of the screen, then there is the chatter of a machine gun, and
the sergeant trudges on, unawares that the wounded man is now dead.
Incidentally, one can understand French military policy in the late '30s
only if one factors in the way in which the huge senseless slaughter of 1914
persuaded so many French officers that one should not break eggs for the
omelet (a common metaphor of the time).
As to the lines on Fresca, it is hard to imagine more amateurish couplets.
There must be school children who could do better. And to think the same man
wrote those lines and the lines CR quotes!!!!!! Weird.