[O]ne day as we wandered through the streets, he suggested we should patronize a shooting gallery which seemed to be attracting a lot of customers. When we got inside, however, we were shocked at finding that this was no ordinary shooting gallery: it appeared to be a sort of War propaganda entertainment. Instead of conventional targets there were cinema screens on which were being shown a film of kilted Scottish infantry charging with fixed bayonets, and the marksmen had to fire at the figures as they ran across the screens. When a hit was made the film stopped and the marksman was invited to choose from the trays of junk displayed. My Father paused and uttered a startled exclamation when he saw what we had walked into, and then gripped my arm and urged me forward saying: ‘We have to go through with it Boy, to retract now would draw too much attention, but take care you don’t hit any of those fellows.’
(Conrad, 1970: 95–6)
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