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The LT walked to each of us and said, “The colonel wants to see you guys. Get ready.”
We put our rifles out over the wall and gripped the fore-stocks tightly. We put out our cigarettes and asserted ourselves against the silence beyond our small encampment. I felt like a self-caricature, that we were falsely strong. When we spoke, we spoke brusquely and quietly and deepened our voices.

How does one interpret "self-caricature"?
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    A caricature is a drawing, or other depiction, that exaggerates the features of the person.
    Someone with a big nose, might have a drawing done with a very big nose. Many are done of Prince Charles like this. :(
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    self- They looked like exaggerated versions of themselves.
    Perhaps it means more attentive & more diligent than they were normally?

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