By Bernard Cornwell
The yr is 1807, and Richard Sharpe is again in England, the place his occupation turns out to have come to a useless finish, regardless of his heroics in Britain's contemporary victory at Trafalgar. Loveless, destitute, and relegated to the menial initiatives of quartermaster, Sharpe roams the streets of London, brooding about a bleak destiny clear of the military. Then, instantly, an outdated pal invitations him to adopt a mystery mission—the supply of a bribe—to the Danish capital, Copenhagen. Denmark is formally impartial, yet Napoleon is threatening an invasion with a purpose to trap the strong Danish fleet, which might change the ships France misplaced in its disastrous defeat at Trafalgar. The British, fearing such enhancement of French energy, threaten their very own preemptive invasion, and Sharpe, whose errand appeared so basic, is trapped in an online of treachery that might finish in simple terms while town, which proposal itself secure, is subjected to a brutal and cruel bombardment.
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He asked. “They seem tediously intent on giving me company,” Lavisser said airily, “but time is short now, very short, and I doubt they'll find anyone. ” Lavisser seemed fascinated by the dead Willsen, for he could not take his eyes from him. ” “They are a very trusting people,” Lavisser said, still unable to take his gaze from Willsen's body. ” He finally managed to look away from the corpse, raised a languid hand and edged past the handcart. He made bleating noises as he went down the alley.
The rest of his questions could wait. “I has business outside the poorhouse tonight,” he announced, “it being a Friday. ” “That would be a pleasure, Master,” Sharpe lied. Or perhaps it was not a lie, for Sharpe was angry and revenge was a pleasure. And this revenge had been simmering in his dreams for twenty years. He glanced a last time at the text on the wall and wondered if Jem Hocking had ever considered the truth of it. Be sure your sin will find you out. Jem Hocking should have taken note and been on his knees in prayer.
He shook his head and dipped his nose into the ale's froth while Sharpe imagined the mudlarks, men and women who combed the Thames foreshore at low tide in search of scraps fallen overboard, bringing a child to Brewhouse Lane. Poor child, to end with Hocking as a guardian. “The Board, Major,” Hocking went on, “cannot cope with so many children. They confine themselves to a quarterly examination of the accounts which, you may be sure, add up to the exact penny, and the Board votes me an annual motion of thanks at Christmas time, but otherwise the Board ignores me.
Sharpe's Adventure 05 Sharpe's Prey: Richard Sharpe & the Expedition to Denmark, 1807 by Bernard Cornwell