Paul and three of his comrades, while swimming, spot three attractive French women walking on the bank of the river across from their site, where they were not authorized to go. Paul particularly notices one, a stunning dark girl. Using a little French, hand signals, and a loaf of bread, they make arrangements with those girls to meet up later during the night. They go to the canteen and start smoking, drinking and narrating stories of their sexual experiences to each other. Since there are only three women, they ensure Tjaden gets so drunk that he passes out ant they go ahead to buy staff for the girls. They pair off, and Paul and the brunette go to a bedroom. He is anxious about the encounter, and the feeling o f being undressed without his soldier's equipment. The girl kisses him, and Paul kisses her back, in the hope that by making love to the girl, he will be capable to disregard the battle, but he can't. Paul's mother cautions him against French women and informs him to be vigilant at the front. He guarantees her he's going to do everything he is capable of to be protected, and walks her to her room.