Did the chaplain walk into a pole, and is cursing? Those look more like pain symbols. Or is he known for complaining, and the moment of uplift (hah!) was an interruption of a usually dismal demeanor? But that’s not my impression of him. Still, is there any other good interpretation of the ‘parentheses’ remark?
Okay, what are they all grasping?
Is this the line for going into the mess tent? So the info on what is being served gets passed back — that makes sense. But why would the warning about the maple syrup get passed forward?
And finally, what exactly is that warning all about?