Lights and shades of military life. Ed. by sir C. Napier


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Página 82 - Put every man his sword by his side, and go in and out from gate to gate throughout the camp, and slay every man hia brother, and every man his companion, and every man his neighbour. And the children of Levi did according to the word of Moses : and there fell of the people that day about three thousand men.
Página 40 - ... leave to you when I come to turn up my eyes, as we say politely.' Astonished, they looked at one another, apparently believing that I had not spoken the truth; then the little one ran, as she always did, threw herself on the bosom of the other, and sat on his knee, all red and weeping. He pressed her close in his arms, and I saw tears in his eyes too; he stretched out his hand to me and became paler than usual. She spoke softly to him, and her long blonde tresses fell on his shoulder; her twist...
Página 200 - In fact, nothing short of this severity has been found necessary, in order that one individual might be master of one hundred thousand armed men. Passive obedience from grade to grade, is a condition essential to the existence and efficiency of an army. "When the clock-maker has made a clock, it goes without asking why. Soldier, you must be like the clock; march, turn, halt, and, above all, not a word.
Página 64 - At the moment of firing, she clapped her hand to her head, as if a ball had struck her brow, and sat down in the boat without fainting, without shrieking, without speaking, and returned to the brig with the crew when they pleased and how they pleased.
Página 56 - ... ordered to do it. He communicated the order to his victim, who heard his fate with a stoicism worthy of an old Roman. His only thought was for his poor young wife, so fair, and fond, and gentle. He said, with a voice as mild as usual, 'I ask no favor, Captain.
Página 361 - Sir John Moore was equally destitute of affected dignity. He entered into the society of those under his command as their equal, confident that his vast superiority as a man would, at all times, raise him above them more than even his great rank could do ; he required no external aid. There was among his officers an awe of him ; but it was not inspired by any reserve or haughtiness of manner on his part, though I have seen him put down pert and selfsufficient men by a degree of sarcasm which few...
Página 66 - ... hair. I saw, in truth, nothing but those two eyes, which were all that was left of that poor woman, for the rest of her was dead. Her forehead was red, her cheeks hollow and white, and bluish on the cheek-bones. She was crouched among the straw, so that one could just see her two knees rising above it, and on them she was playIng all alone at dominoes. She looked at us for a moment, trembled a long time, smiled at me a little, and began to play again. It seemed to me that she was striving to...
Página 47 - I am only astonished that you should be so deeply touched by my conduct: why, it is hut perfectly natural. And now I cannot imagine how you can think that I have any thing to repent of, when I am with you to help you to live, or to die with you if you die." All this she said in so sweet a voice that you would have sworn it was music. I was melted. The young man began to sigh, and kissed a delicate hand and a bare arm which she held out to him.
Página 251 - To stand a barrier between the ambition of France and the independence of England is the first wish of my life ; and in my death I would rather that my body, if it were possible, should be added to the rampart than trailed in useless pomp through an idle throng.
Página 277 - Our object in conquering India, the object of all our cruelties, was money — lucre : a thousand millions sterling are said to have been squeezed out of India in the last sixty years. Every shilling of this has been picked out of blood, wiped, and put into the murderers' pockets ; but, wipe and wash the money as you will, the " damned spot" will not

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