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The White Lie single work   short story   war literature  
Alternative title: The Court Martial
Issue Details: First known date: 1920-1929... 1920-1929 The White Lie
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Nearing death after being wounded, a brave Captain asks a nurse to read to him an as yet unopened letter carried in his pocket. He discovers it is from his long-lost first love enquiring after her son who is serving in the Captain's unit. Tragically, however, her son was a soldier whom he had recently had to condemn to death for cowardice and, as he asks the nurse to reply on his behalf, he decides that a lie is kinder than the truth.

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

  • Appears in:
    y separately published work icon The ... Australian Herbert Scanlon , Melbourne : Herbert Scanlon , 1920-1929 Z1373571 1920-1929 selected work short story Sydney : Herbert Scanlon , 1920-1929 pg. 28-32
    Note: With title: The Court Martial
  • Appears in:
    y separately published work icon The Deathless Army Herbert Scanlon , Sydney : Herbert Scanlon , 1927 Z1373087 1927 selected work short story Sydney : Herbert Scanlon , 1927 pg. 28-32
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