克罗斯是负责制定战略决策的中尉，对事件有一定程度的控制。某些事件是不可预测的，但是克罗斯对他的国家和球队有责任在这些事件中更多的出现。应该有更多的交叉(O ‘Gorman 300)的参与。需要指出的是，十字架让自己参与行为的救赎，并试图成为一个更好的版本的自己。这种行为是一种正常的人类情感。拉文德的死促使克罗斯重新审视自己作为一名士兵和一个人的轻重缓急。克罗斯最初认为拉文德的死是由于他的自满和缺乏判断力，这源于他对玛莎的爱。尽管如此，他还是要求奥勃良称赞他在战争中对玛莎的表现。作者奥布莱恩用叙事性的段落来解释这种情况。这些对故事情节中较小元素的描述被用来探究人类更深层次的情感。
Cross was the lieutenant who was in charge of making strategic decisions and has a certain level of control over the events. Certain events are not predictable however Cross had the duty to his nation and the team to be more present during such incidents. There should have been more involvement by Cross (O’Gorman 300). It needs to be noted that Cross involves himself in acts redemption and tries to be a better version of himself. This act of Cross is a normal human emotion. Lavender’s death had caused Cross to reexamine his priorities as a soldier and as a person. Cross initially assumed that the death of Lavender was due to his complacency and lack of judgment that stemmed from his love for Martha. Nevertheless he asks O’Brien to laud his performance to Martha when he served in the war. The author O’Brien uses the narrative passages to explain about the situation. These description of the smaller elements in the storyline are used to probe into the deeper human emotions.
The emotional weight of the smaller personal items were found to be similar to the heavier physical objects owing to the intangibles sentiments involved in personal items. There is ambivalence observed in the characters. The dichotomy of human emotions is based on a number of events and is never simple. This is highlighted when there is character analysis done on Cross. Cross must have been more aware of the events however it cannot be proven it directly caused the death of Lavender (Kaplan 44). On the other hand it cannot be said with certainty that Lavender’s death. On a subconscious level he wanted to change his persona that resulted in his action by burning the letters from Martha. At a later stage he continues to have the same sentiments towards Martha and hopes that he could live with Martha.This shows the ambivalence of Cross and the nuances of human emotion can be understood from a greater analysis of Cross.