The Poems Of Thomas Bailey Aldrich (volume 7)

Paperback | January 10, 2012

byThomas Bailey Aldrich

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This historic book may have numerous typos, missing text or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1897. Not illustrated. Excerpt: ... A detachment of French troops bivouacked on the edge of the forest of Covelleda -- A sentinel is seen on the cliffs overhanging the camp -- The guard is relieved in dumb show as the dialogue progresses -- Louvois and Laboissiere, wrapped in greatcoats, are seated by a smouldering fire of brushwood in the foreground-- Starlight. With eyes staring at nothing, like an Egyptian idol! This is not amusing. You are as gloomy to-night as an undertaker out of employment LOUVOIS, starting from a reverie Eh? What is it? I must have slept. LABOISSIERE LOUVOIS Say, rather, an executioner who loathes his trade. No, I was not asleep. I cannot sleep with this business on my conscience. LABOISSIERE In affairs like this, conscience goes to the rear -- with the sick and wounded. LOUVOIS One may be forgiven, or can forgive himself, many a cruel thing done in the heat of battle; but to steal upon a defenceless village, and in cold blood sabre old men, women, and children -- that revolts me. LABOISS1ERK What must be, must be. LOUVOIS Yes -- the poor wretches. LABOISSIERK The orders are LOUVOIS Every soul! LABOISSIERE They have brought it upon themselves, if that comforts them. Every defile in these infernal mountains bristles with carabines; every village gives shelter or warning to the guerrillas. The army is being decimated by assassination. It is the same ghastly story throughout Castile and Estremadura. After we have taken a town we lose more men than it cost us to storm it. I would rather look into the throat of a battery at forty paces than attempt to pass through certain streets in Madrid or Burgos after nightfall. You go in at one end, but, diantre / you don't come out at the other. LOUVOIS What would you have? It is life or death with these people. LABOISSIERE I would have t...

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This historic book may have numerous typos, missing text or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1897. Not illustrated. Excerpt: ... A detachment of French troops bivouacked on the edge of the forest of Covelleda -- A sentinel is seen on the cliffs overhanging the c...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:82 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.17 inPublished:January 10, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:021775838X

ISBN - 13:9780217758383

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