It is the time of the first great war of the 20th century. Soldiers wounded at the front are lying in an Austrian hospital, five patients in one room. A young man with a crutch walks out of the room to the corridor, but an austere nurse sends him back. Patient Karel is looking forward to seeing his wife, who will hopefully arrive today to visit him. He finally sees her coming - a shy village woman. They talk about their little daughter and it is obvious that they love each other very much. Karel knows he will have to return to the front upon his recovery, but yet would like to have a son with his wife. The other patients understand the situation, gather in the far end of the room and indulge in a very noisy card game. In the meantime, the young patient with the crutch guards the corridor outside, preventing the approaching nurse from entering the room by asking her various questions. But when the nurse finally pushes him aside and enters, Karel's wife is already sitting calmly at the edge of the bed. The common experience gets all involved closer to each other and Karel's wife fetes them with the food she brought to her husband.
Erich Maria Remarque (Na západní frontě klid /Im Westen nichts neues/ – román)