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(without typos) from the publisher. 1915. Excerpt: ... THE NEW
SCARLET LETTER It is brave in a man to face death on the
battlefield, instantaneous death, or, what is worse, death after
long suffering, after lying between trenches, perhaps, on the "
noman's ground" which neither friend nor foe can reach, grasping
the earth in agony, seeing the dark night coming on, and then dying
in the cold shiver of the dawn. Yes, it is brave in a man to face
death like that. But perhaps it is even braver in a woman to face
life, with three or four fatherless children to provide for, on
nothing but the charity of the State. Then battle is in the blood
of man, and the heroic part falls to him by right, but it is not in
the blood of woman, who shrinks from it and loathes it, and yet
such is her nature, the fine and subtle mystery of it, that she
flies to the scene of suffering with a bravery which far out-strips
that of the man-at-arms. On the breasts that have borne tens of
thousands of the sons who have fallen in this war the Red Cross is
now enshrined. It is the new scarlet letter--the badge not of
shame, but glory. And "through the rolling of the drums" and the
thundering of the guns a voice comes to us in this year of service
and sacrifice whose message no one can mistake. Woman, who faces
death every time she brings a man-child into the world, must
henceforth know what is to be done with him. It is her right, her
natural right, and the part she has taken in this war has proved
it. AND . . . AFTER? Such is the drama of the war as I have seen
it. How far it has gone, when it will close and the curtain fall on
it none of us can say. With five millions already dead, twice as
many wounded, one kingdom in ruins, another desolate from disease,
the larger part of Europe under arms, civil life paralysed, social
existence overshadowed by a mourning that ente...
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