"I’d come to this war a quiet, thoughtful sort of person, a college grad, Phi Beta Kappa and summa cum laude, all the credentials, but after seven months in the bush I realized that those high, civilized trappings had somehow been crushed under the weight of the simple daily realities. I’d turned mean inside." In this section, Tim O'Brien realizes that the war has hardened him. Planning to enacting revenge on Bobby Jorgensen, his eyes are opened to the rough conditions of the war. He realizes that he is a changed man and that there is no going back.