I love to find connections to other literature in our classics. But this one from the beginning of Chapter 9 surprised me.
Because of the tattered soldier’s question he now felt that his shame could be viewed. He was continually casting sidelong glances to see if the men were contemplating the letters of quilt he felt burned into his brow.
Did you see them there? Arthur and Hester? What do you think Henry’s letters were? D for deserter? R for run? Or perhaps like the original duo, an A, but this time for abandoner?
Based on Crane’s use of color, I’m guessing it was definitely scarlet.