There are several instances in the first fight sequence – the fight between the Swede and Scully’s son Johnnie – that indicate the strong social acceptance and adherence to this concept of honor.
The code of honor is one of civility.
The first indication is that the fight was considered as a conclusion in order to resolve a conflict between the Swede and Johnnie. After the Swede admitted clearly and unashamedly that he had called Johnnie a cheat, Johnnie then conclusively stated, “Then...we must fight” (1806). A social agreement was then made as the Swede accepted.
Secondly, the group all moved outside in order for the fight to commence. There was a common, group-wide understanding of where and how the fight should take place; the two men were to fight outside in the blistering snow.
The two men understood this immediately, but that understanding and agreement did not mark the beginning of the fight. The fight only commenced once the group had moved outside.
In comparison with today’s society, there is only a tiny remnant of this social decency seen mostly in Hollywood as the proverbial swagger of “Do you want to step outside?”
The code of honor is one of order.
The fight remained a personal contract between two individuals. This is given heightened attention as Crane writes of the Swede’s concern for interruption and unfair interference: “I won’t stand much show against the gang. I know you’ll all pitch on me” (1806), and again with “I know you’ll all pitch on me. I can’t lick you all” (1807).
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