Did they give him thirty Launchies, many of them underage, because they knew the little boys were quick learners, quick thinkers? Or was this what any similar group could become under a commander who knew what he wanted his army to do, and knew how to teach them to do it?
Even with less than four weeks together, the way they fought already seemed like the only intelligent way, the only possible way.
They may curse us and lie about us, but they’ll remember that we destroyed them, and no matter what they say other soldiers and other commanders will see that in their eyes; in those Rabbit eyes, they’ll see us in neat formation, victorious and almost undamaged in our first battle
He washed himself twice and let the water run and run on him. It would all be recycled. Let everybody drink some of my sweat today.
That's the problem with winning right from the start, thought Ender. You lose friends.
"I'll try," Carn Carby left, and Ender mentally added him to his private list of people who also qualified as human beings.
Partly because of Ender's influence, they were the most flexible of armies, responding relatively quickly to new situations.
Petra was not gracious about bowing over his hand at the end, either. The anger in her eyes seemed to say, I was your friend, and you humiliate me like this?Ender pretended not to notice her fury. He figured that after a few more battles, she’d realize that in fact she had scored more hits against him than he expected anyone ever would again. And he was still learning from her. In practice today he would teach his toon leaders how to counter the tricks Petra had played on them. Soon they would be friends again.He hoped.
A few of them sat with him at every meal, carefully trying to learn from him how he had defeated his most recent opponents. He told them freely, confident that few of them would know how to train their soldiers and their toon leaders to duplicate what his could do.
There were many, too, who hated him. Hated him for being young, for being excellent, for having made their victories look paltry and weak.