By Bernard Cornwell
Only stumbling blocks stand among Napoleon's powerful military and its possible yes conquest of Portugal: a land wasted and stripped of meals at Wellington's orders . . . and Captain Richard Sharpe. yet perils from inside of and with no threaten the daring captain of the sunshine corporation -- the hatred and incompetence of an effective officer, the vicious treachery of a fake best friend . . . and the overpowering numbers of a fierce, made up our minds enemy, combining to make Sharpe's break out a close to impossibility.
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Wasn’t me,” Sharpe said quickly. “Of course it wasn’t you,” Knowles said. He could be pedantically obvious at times. Sharpe grinned. ” “Exactly. He’s not from the topmost drawer, of course, but his family is more than acceptable. His father’s a rector somewhere on the Essex coast, I believe, but they’re not wealthy, and so Lawford’s family rewarded Slingsby with a commission in the 55th, with a promise to exchange into the South Essex as soon as there was a vacancy.
The turpentine-soaked straw blazed bright and high, but it took some moments before the big timbers of the scaffold caught the flame. Sharpe’s company, as ever fascinated by willful destruction, looked on appreciatively and gave a small cheer as the high platform at last began to burn. Sharpe had walked to the eastern edge of the small hilltop, but, denied the height of the platform, he could no longer see the dragoons. Had they wheeled away? Perhaps, if they had hoped to capture the signal tower intact, they would have decided to abandon the effort when they saw the smoke boil off the summit.
It’s a rare nice piece of stitching on that jacket,” Harper went on, sounding as though he did not have a care in the world, “and I can tell you didn’t do it yourself. ” He inflected the last three words as a question. Sharpe still said nothing. His long, straight-bladed cavalry sword banged against his left thigh as he climbed. He had a rifle slung on his shoulder. An officer was not supposed to carry a longarm like his men, but Sharpe had once been a private and he was used to carrying a proper gun to war.
Sharpe's Adventure 10 Sharpe's Escape: Richard Sharpe & the Bussaco Campaign, 1810 by Bernard Cornwell