This story is about a woman named Editha. Editha was engaged to George and told him it was his duty to his country to sign up and go serve in the war. Editha wanted a hero for a husband and she secretly wanted him to go to war so that she would have that hero. After an argument with him she finally convinces him to go. George dies in the war and his mother blames Editha for his death. Editha is in denial and accepts no responsibility for the death of George or the reasons that he chose to go to war in the first place.
Editha was engaged to a man named George Gearson. A war had begun and Editha became excited about the concept of having a hero for a husband.
Editha, right away started encouraging George to sign up for the war, she believed it was his patriotic duty as an American. George did not believe in war and was raised to be passive. George?s father had lost his arm in the Civil war and his mother did not want him to suffer the same thing. His father and mother together decided to discourage George from going to any war.
George and Editha got in a heated argument about the war and their different opinions and he left to go out. George told her he would come back for dinner. At this point Editha considered their relationship over. She did not see how she could continue to love a man who did not love his country as much as she did. When George left, that was it for Editha. She decided that if he could not believe the way she did then he did not deserve her. She sat down and wrote him a letter and gathered all the things he had ever given her and put them all in a box. In the letter, she told him that she could not be with a man who was not loyal to his country first of all. She could not be with a man who did not believe the way she did and therefore she was breaking up with him. After thinking it over, Editha decided that she was jumping the gun and that since George said he would think about what she had said, that she would give him a chance to think her way, which she considered the only way.
George went out to a bar that night and had a few too many drinks with his friends. After a few drinks he became a little more patriotic and signed up for the war and even encouraged his friends to do the same. His friends even nicknamed him Captain because of his leadership in encouraging them to sign up.
George showed up late that night at Editha?s house to tell her that he signed up for the war. Editha was very excited but tried not to show it. She did not want him to think that she was the one who pushed him into signing up. Editha just listened to him and encouraged him and told him that he did the right thing.
George asked Editha to do one thing when he was getting ready to leave and that was to take care of his mother if anything should happen to him. He told her that his mother would not be happy with him for signing up for the war but that he wanted to make sure she was taken care of if he dies in the war. Editha said she would be more than happy to check on his mother, but that nothing would happen to him. He would come back to her as a hero. Editha handed George the letter that she had written him earlier before she had learned that the had signed up. Editha told him if he ever doubted his decision to sign up he should just read the letter that she had written him and he would know that he had done the right thing. He got on the train, waived goodbye and that was the last time she saw him.
The first skirmish that his battalion was involved in returned a lot of causalities. George was one of the men