The Red Badge of Courage chapter XI
“A certain mothlike quality within him kept him in the vicinity of the battle. He had a great desire to see, and to get news. He wished to know who was winning.”
“Mothlike” a perfect, beautiful, terrible, descriptive word that expresses exactly what Henry Fleming is feeling. Compelled to go closer and closer to the battle line where he knows he could be killed.
Stephen Crane, you’re good.