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“There's a war going on, they said, and they dressed him in olive drab and set him down in the freshly dug trench on the edge of Belleau Wood west-northwest of Chateau Thierry. Theirs not to reason why, neither were they scholars or historians or thinkers. There's a war going on, they said, send us your handsomest young men.”
“... that is what war is about: the reason for war is to take the enemies' women. ... At no matter what cost, incest must be avoided. Of course the army doesn't know or the navy or the airforce or the President of the United States, but the fear of incest has placed sixty-five million men under arms, and the army and the navy and the air force have seen to it that they are unblemished, physically fit and passionate. ... Eustace and his community of cousins have been conscripted out of the hills and hamlets for fear of incest and consequent loss of virility. Closely bred, they favor each other, look-alikes from propinquity ...”
Maude Hutchins, U.S. artist, writer
(1899 - 1991)
Full name: Maude Phelps McVeigh Hutchins.