‘Women At War’ Episode 6: Recap And Ending, Explained: Why Did Charles Hammer His Hand?

The fifth episode of “Women at War” revealed painful experiences for the ladies. Even though the four of them had achieved great heights with their services, they couldn’t secure happiness in their personal lives. The fifth episode ended with Agnes’ horrifying discovery, where she found Father Vautrin having secret intimate relationships with the other nuns, after she lost the love of her life. Till chose to leave the church since his presence had been an obstacle to Agnes’ responsibilities as Mother Superior. Meanwhile, Marguerite tries to establish a good relationship with her son Colin, and he ends up falling in love with her. Caroline lost her husband in the war as the German soldiers bombed his camp, while Suzanne juggled between both countries as her identity as Jeanne was forcing her to compromise her patriotism towards France. She had no choice but to follow Lucien’s commands, or else he would kill her and Joseph.

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The sixth episode of “Women at War” began with Charles and his mother, Eleonore; she rushed him to the hospital as Charles completely severed his hands with the hammering machine. It was Charles’ only way to escape the front lines. No matter how hard he tried, Charles couldn’t kill Caroline, and his insanity drove him to hurt himself. Joseph removed the cloth around his hands and found out that Charles needed surgery urgently. Joseph and Suzanne took him to the operating room and found out that all his bones were broken. So, they had no choice but to amputate him. Charles tried to escape the room, and Suzanne anesthetized him. Back at the front lines, French soldiers struggled to keep up with the German army; they used poisonous chlorine gas on them, and one by one, all the soldiers were wounded badly. The soldiers were rushed to the hospital, and they were vomiting blood. 

General Duvernet had no choice but to seek help from Lucien for reconnaissance flights on the front lines. Suzanne tried to convince him that Lucien was not in the right condition to fly, but the General refused to listen. Meanwhile, Agnes tried to communicate with Sister Geneviève, and the duo got into an argument. Father Vautrin had manipulated Geneviève into believing that his molestation was a divine act. Geneviève stormed out of the room, and Suzanne caught her running. So, Agnes and Suzanne talked with each other, and Agnes decided to report Father Vautrin to the Diocese. Suzanne knew that Agnes lacked proof, and without it, she couldn’t complain about him. If Geneviève opened up about the whole situation, the Diocese would believe Agnes’ testimony. Back at the quarters, Colin and Marguerite still had a strained relationship; they didn’t speak to each other, and Marguerite left with the other patients. Suddenly, Marcel arrived out of nowhere, and he took Colin away from the barracks since he had to share some secret information. Marcel revealed that Marguerite was his mother and provided him with the public assistant number. This number would help Colin to find all the information about his life. With each step, things were getting worse for the ladies.

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General Duvernet and Lucien discussed their plans while General Duvernet requested a reconnaissance flight. The gas bombs had destroyed their plans, and the General had to find out the locations where the Germans stored the gas. Back at the church, Joseph tried to have a conversation with Suzanne; he believed that Lucien was an abusive husband and tried to save her from it. Meanwhile, Agnes found out that Geneviève had been pregnant for the last three months. All this time, Father Vautrin was tracking Agnes’ movements around the church. Agnes knew about this and informed Geneviève to hide things from Father Vautrin. It was her only way to rescue Geneviève; if Father had found out about this, he would easily rescue himself. Meanwhile, Eleonore found out that Charles had been fired from the Ministry. Eleonore had defended him. Charles revealed that he was dismissed over six months ago. Indirectly, his brother’s death made him the factory owner, and now all the workers at the factory were upset that Charles would take over Caroline. Eleonore wanted to remove Caroline from the family, but she wouldn’t do this for the sake of Madeleine.

Soon, Marguerite found out that Colin knew about her identity. She rushed to the army quarters to speak to him, but Colin couldn’t accept her back. Marguerite revealed that at the age of seventeen, she fell in love with a man and conceived Colin. Marguerite’s father kicked her out since she shamed the family, and she gave birth to him alone. So to save her son, Marguerite chose to become a prostitute. She sold her body to feed Colin and to give him the life he deserved. Marguerite had to give up on him so that Colin would have a chance to live his life. Then one day, she got his address from the welfare office and followed him around for four years. Until the war started, Marguerite had never wanted Colin to find out about this. Despite all her efforts, Colin refused to listen to her. Marguerite had no choice but to leave the quarters. The following day, the ambulance drivers invited Caroline over to their house for a party to ease the environment. General Duvernet gave this house as an accommodation to the ladies. Caroline and Marguerite talked about Colin, and Marguerite told Caroline that Colin would never forgive her. So, Caroline told Marguerite to give him some time. Marguerite and Caroline kissed each other, and Juliette saw them. The following night, Juliette arrived at the brothel and shared this incident with Marcel. He got the official information and informed Charles about it. Caroline and Marguerite had loved each other in the past until she chose Dewitt over Marguerite and left the brothel. When Caroline came back home, Charles took this opportunity to reveal all the secrets of her past to Eleonore. Charles claimed that Caroline had been betraying Victor’s trust with Marguerite, and Eleonore kicked her out of the house.

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Meanwhile, Lucien managed to fool the French soldiers and shared all their plans with the German officer Karl. General Duvernet had planned to attack their gas stockpile, and because of Lucien, the German soldiers attacked them, and many soldiers ended up losing their lives. Back at the church, Father Vautrin followed Geneviève around since she didn’t visit him anymore. Finally, Geneviève had to reveal the truth and told him that she was pregnant. To manipulate her even more, Father Vautrin forces Geneviève to abort the baby. He tried to tell her that sacrificing the baby was a way of pursuing faith. Geneviève didn’t listen to him this time. Out of rage, Father Vautrin attacked her and blamed her for the entire pregnancy. He told Geneviève that she had to meet a woman at Pont-a-Mousson, and she would help Geneviève with the abortion. She rushed to Agnes’ room and told her everything about the abortion. Agnes approached Father Vautrin and confronted him about the whole situation. He warned Agnes and threatened to inform the Diocese about her relationship with Till. So, Agnes had no choice but to hide it, and that night, Geneviève killed herself in the church. The finale of “Women at War” Episode 6 revealed the nature of the sacrifices that women have to undertake. Just like Geneviève, Marguerite had to sacrifice herself for the sake of her son, and now Caroline had been kicked out from Dewitt’s family.


Raschi Acharya
Raschi Acharya
Raschi Acharya is a Mass Media graduate and she is currently working and living in Mumbai. From a very young age, Raschi was heavily interested in reading and writing. She prefers to write everything that her mind nurtures her to do as shaping up her imagination is her forte!

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