Chapter

‘Keep it dark’

Simon Barker

in War and Nation in the Theatre of Shakespeare and His Contemporaries

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print November 2007 | ISBN: 9780748627653
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748652228 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3366/edinburgh/9780748627653.003.0001
‘Keep it dark’

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Raymond Peace's many surviving letters are a rich and powerful testimony to the love he had for his family and friends, and in particular his absolute devotion to his much younger sister. In the margin of one of his letters, realising he has said too much about events, or even too much about his own fear, he scrawls in capitals: ‘KEEP IT DARK’. Reading the letters against recorded histories of the bombing missions in which Peace participated suggests that he found himself working very much against the statistical odds of survival. War is mediated for those who come later by a mixture of overlapping narratives that influence each other and determine, or at least sway, attitudes towards subsequent wars. The remaining months of 1942 were something of a turning point in the war. Peace and Ronald Williams were marching towards a rather uncertain place in military history.

Keywords: fear; Raymond Peace; Ronald Williams; war; letters; military history

Chapter.  9067 words. 

Subjects: Shakespeare Studies and Criticism

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