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 -   Again: if under the
sudden anguish of a wound the receiver of it makes a grimace,
he falls some degrees - Page 40
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Again: If Under The Sudden Anguish Of A Wound The Receiver Of It Makes A Grimace, He Falls Some Degrees In The Estimation Of His Fellows; His Corps Are Ashamed Of Him:

They call him "hare foot," which is the German equivalent for chicken-hearted.

CHAPTER VII [How Bismark Fought]

In addition to the corps laws, there are some corps usages which have the force of laws.

Perhaps the president of a corps notices that one of the membership who is no longer an exempt - that is a freshman - has remained a sophomore some little time without volunteering to fight; some day, the president, instead of calling for volunteers, will APPOINT this sophomore to measure swords with a student of another corps; he is free to decline - everybody says so - there is no compulsion. This is all true - but I have not heard of any student who DID decline; to decline and still remain in the corps would make him unpleasantly conspicuous, and properly so, since he knew, when he joined, that his main business, as a member, would be to fight. No, there is no law against declining - except the law of custom, which is confessedly stronger than written law, everywhere.

The ten men whose duels I had witnessed did not go away when their hurts were dressed, as I had supposed they would, but came back, one after another, as soon as they were free of the surgeon, and mingled with the assemblage in the dueling-room. The white-cap student who won the second fight witnessed the remaining three, and talked with us during the intermissions.

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