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The Things They Carried

Tim O’Brien

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Who is Linda?

Linda is the last major character to be included in the novel, a childhood friend of the narrator, Tim (then called Timmy), who only appears in the last story in the book, “The Lives of the Dead.” Tim says that they were in love when they were kids, and recalls their first date. She died just a few months later, of cancer.