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Arthur Rivier

Although he is not one of the main characters Arthur Rivier is significant as he shares Francis's feelings about the horrors of the war.

  • Arthur takes Francis under his wing when he returns to Frenchtown, introducing him to the St Jude Club veterans, and making him one of the ‘men’ rather than the boys.
  • He is the only one to recognise Francis, although it takes him a while. He calls him a hero, and recalls that Francis has his own page in the scrapbook of town heroes. However, when Francis asks him to keep his identity secret, he agrees.
  • Arthur appears to be functioning normally. However, one evening Francis finds him collapsed, drunk and crying in the alley. Arthur is finding it difficult because nobody will talk about the war. He says that all the soldiers were the same: scared. He says none of them were heroes, they were 'just there'. It is important enough for Francis to repeat it in the very last chapter.

 

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