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He chafed under the inglorious restraint, longing for the release of his energies, the larger life of the soldier, the opportunity of distinction. That opportunity, he felt, would come, as it comes to all in wartime.

The description of Peyton Farquhar is ironic because


Farquhar’s exclusion from the army is described as “inglorious restraint” while, at the same time, he is a slaveholder.


Farquhar is a hardworking man, but he still feels a “longing for the release of his energies”.


Farquhar wants the “opportunity of distinction,” but does not realize that he is already infamous with the northern army.


it fails to describe Farquhar’s insecurities, which lead to his downfall.


the Civil War included many soldiers who were former slaves.

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