As they experience the unfamiliar surroundings, the soldiers feel completely uneasy with their surroundings. This is illustrated with the descriptions of 'the strange food, the wrong taste, stones in the belly, the wrong sounds, the wrong smells, the wrong light, every breath wrong'. The consistent repetition of adjective 'wrong' is Duffy's deliberate emphasis on the mercenaries belief that their foreign surroundings are alien and they are unable to adapt to their environment due to their desperation to return to their home, a place that they believe to be perfect. In addition to this, the idea that the mercenaries' conditions went unexplained for a long time is further depicted by Duffy here; this can be seen through the statement 'they had an ache here, doctor' - the soldiers were experiencing painful physical symptoms as a result of the impact of their nostalgia. This also emphasises the depth of their nostalgic feelings and their longing for home and the deep way that this affected them.