A Rumor of War

A Rumor of War

by

Philip Caputo

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A marine who is “a full-blooded Comanche from Oklahoma.” Caputo also mentions that Lonehill is “a crack shot,” meaning that he is very good at shooting his intended target. Lonehill stands at six-feet-two and has such a mean stare that it “[makes] you choose your words carefully when you [speak] to him.”

Lonehill Quotes in A Rumor of War

The A Rumor of War quotes below are all either spoken by Lonehill or refer to Lonehill. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
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). Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Owl Books edition of A Rumor of War published in 1977.
Chapter Eighteen Quotes

There was murder in my heart and, in some way, through tone of voice, a gesture, or a stress on kill rather than capture, I had transmitted my inner violence to the men. They saw in my overly aggressive manner a sanction to vent their own brutal impulses. I lay there remembering the euphoria we had felt afterward, the way we had laughed, and then the sudden awakening to guilt. And yet, I could not conceive of the fact as one of premeditated murder. It had not been committed in a vacuum. It was a direct result of the war. The thing we had done was a result of what the war had done to us.

Page Number: 326
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Lonehill Character Timeline in A Rumor of War

The timeline below shows where the character Lonehill appears in A Rumor of War. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter Fifteen
Heroism and Identity Theme Icon
The Morality of War Theme Icon
Danger and Uncertainty Theme Icon
War and Disillusionment Theme Icon
...Purple Heart Trail three months ago. Lance Corporal Crowe walks delicately. Behind him, Allen and Lonehill look for snipers. Caputo follows them with Jones behind him, then the rest of the... (full context)
Chapter Eighteen
Heroism and Identity Theme Icon
The Morality of War Theme Icon
War and Disillusionment Theme Icon
Caputo organizes Allen, Crowe, Lonehill, and two other riflemen that night. They wear bush hats and blacken their faces with... (full context)