A Rumor of War

A Rumor of War


Philip Caputo

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Lieutenant Colonel Bain Character Analysis

The commanding officer at Camp Schwab in Okinawa, Japan. Caputo describes Bain as “a brusque, hulking man with a face that [manages] to be ugly and attractive at the same time.” His nose has been hit and, as a result, looks “too big.” His flesh looks “seamed” and his eyes “worn.” His face, Caputo thinks, tells a more comprehensive story about his service than his service record book and the ribbons on his chest. Caputo contrasts Bain, who seems tough and authentic, with General Karsch, who seems more concerned with appearances and protocol.
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Lieutenant Colonel Bain Character Timeline in A Rumor of War

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Chapter Three
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Glen Lemmon picks up the phone to take a call from Lieutenant Colonel Bain about the impending deployment. Meanwhile, Philip Caputo and Murph McCloy are on the terrace of... (full context)
Chapter Four
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...forced labor. The brigade’s commanding general, General Karsch comes out to the perimeter often with Colonel Bain . While Caputo admires Bain’s ruggedness, as well as the signs of combat on his... (full context)