Last Day of the Last Furlough
A story about John "Babe" Gladwaller and Vincent Caulfield at home before the go overseas to war. Babe talks about war and about his feelings for his girlfriend, Frances, in a way very reminiscent of Seymour.
- He doesn't know, thought Babe, lying in the dark. He doesn't know what Frances does to me, what she's always done to me. I tell strangers about her. Coming home on the train, I told a strange G.I. about her. I've always done that. The more unrequited my love for her becomes, the longer I love her.
- "Boy, use your head," the sergeant's pal warned him. "Jackie is twice the girl Frances is. Frances will give you nothing."
- Vincent dryly refers to his ex-girl Helen's shild as "a little stranger", an apparent reference to the later story of his death, The Stranger.
- Babe Gladwaller refers indirectly to reading Anna Karenina, The Brothers Karamazov, The Great Gatsby, and Ring Lardner at the start of the story
- The story takes place in November, probably 1943
- Vincent is referenced as being 29 years old
- Babe is referenced as being 24 years old
- Holden is missing and was "not even twenty" "not till next month"
- Mattie Gladwaller is ten
- (July 15 1944) Last Day of the Last Furlough. Saturday Evening Post CCXVII: 26-27, 61-62, 64.