...and then we cross-fade to a shot of Don once again waking up in the middle of the night, with he and Betty still in their clothes this time. He gets up and covers his wife with the blanket, and we see a tissue in her outstretched hand as Don leaves the room. He opens Sally's door to find her asleep, her copy of The Decline And Fall Of The Roman Empire in the crook of her arm. Aw. He then goes into Gene's bedroom and folds up his cot, presumably as a last act of respect for a fellow soldier, and the strains of "Over There" continue to play as the credits roll.
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