The days go by. On a foggy morning another of the Russians is buried; almost every day one of them dies. I am on guard during the burial.”
~Paul Baumer, “All Quiet on the Western Front.”
Understanding someone is a valuable trait In chapter 8 of "All Quiet on the Western Front" the main character Paul Baumer is assigned o a prison camp full of Russian soldiers Paul, being a german soilder, must do his job to guard the prisoners. As he watches the Russians. Paul sees that the Russians are miserable in the prison and decides to talk to them. As he talks he begins to get closer to the prisoners. One of the prisoners begins to play the violin as Paul and the rest of the prisoners watch.
“I take out my cigarettes, break each one in half and give them to the Russians. They bow to me and then light the cigarettes. Now red points glow in every face. They comfort me; it looks as though there were little windows in dark village cottages saying that behind them are rooms full of peace.”
“All Quiet on the Western Front.”