During a raid on a German base, Tully stumbles across a German grammar book in the newly created rubble. On an impulse, he picks it up and sticks it in his jacket. Considering they deal with Germans about 85% of the time, and considering a lot of those Germans often don’t or choose not to speak English, it would probably be helpful to learn the language. Besides, it would be nice to know what’s being said between Moffitt and the Germans when the former can’t (or doesn’t) share.
At first, Tully doesn’t tell anyone what he’s doing, much like he did when he read Moffitt’s father’s book. He’s used to keeping things to himself, and besides, he feels kind of pressured when people know that he’s taken on something that, for him, is really challenging, like they’re just waiting for him to fail, and that makes him feel like he has to finish whatever it is he’s doing. Now, Tully isn’t a quitter, but he’s also not the type to continue doing something that’s not working for him. There comes a point when you need to cut your losses and move on, and it’s much easier to do so when nobody knows you were doing something in the first place.
The other Rats don’t say anything when Tully disappears to the other side of the jeeps when they stop to make camp for the night or to take a break from driving around the desert or to radio HQ for instructions. This isn’t really a new thing with Tully, and hey, they all need their alone time once in a while.
It’s only when Tully finally throws the book against the jeep in frustration that Moffitt comes around to investigate. Soon after, Moffitt starts tutoring him.
They quickly find that Tully doesn’t really have a head for languages, but that doesn’t stop them from trying. ”It’s like the story of the Tortoise and the Hare. ’Slow and steady wins the race,’” Moffitt tells him encouragingly. And he’s spot on; Tully’s progress is slow but steady. It doesn’t occur to either of them that Tully never says much of anything to begin with, or that he usually can’t hear much of anything over the sound of his gun. If Tully wants to learn German, by George, he’s going to learn German.
Too bad the war ends before he can learn enough German for it to be useful.
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I’m a disgrace to my country.
Hardy Boys/Supernatural crossover where at some point Dean pulls Frank aside, grabs him by the shoulders, stares into his eyes, and says, “There is a point where self-sacrifice becomes selfish and you will do more harm to the people around you by trying to save them.” Frank is confused and is about to ask something, but Dean interrupts him. “Trust me. You’re going to be grateful someone told you this.” And a lot of problems are headed off at the pass.