The leader of the three marines. The narrator remembers the group from a haphazard meeting, along with Bon and Man, in an alley in Saigon some years ago. The three marines were drunk, and the narrator pulled a pistol on the affectless lieutenant for being disrespectful. The affectless lieutenant has lived in the Mekong Delta for his entire life. He has dark skin, but he is more distinguishable from the other two marines, who are darker. He and the narrator are reunited to fight the General’s guerrilla war. While returning to his camp site after a bathroom break, he loses his leg during an explosion, and dies from the injury.
The Affectless Lieutenant Character Timeline in The Sympathizer
The timeline below shows where the character The Affectless Lieutenant appears in The Sympathizer. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
...General, reaches the airport, they see “a squad of sullen military [cops] and their young lieutenant.” The lieutenant approaches the General’s car, leans down by the driver’s window, and exchanges a... (full context)
...spend two weeks getting used to the weather and their new comrades—three bearded, long-haired marine lieutenants, the same ones they ran into in an alley in Saigon. The narrator remembers the... (full context)