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By Laurens van der Post

Explorer, novelist, author and film-maker, Sir Laurens van der submit used to be essentially the most influential figures of our period. right here, in dialog with Jean-Marc Pottiez, he documents his principles and insights right into a wide variety of matters and personalities, cast by means of a life of significant reviews and demanding situations.

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Sharpe raised his voice. ' 'No, sir. ' 'How do you know? The vil­lage is de­sert­ed. ' Ayres thought about his re­ply. The vil­lage was de­sert­ed, the in­hab­itants gone away from the French at­tack, but ab­sence was not a re­lin­quish­ing of own­er­ship. He shook his head. ' He turned again. ' Sharpe bel­lowed and again move­ment stopped. ' Ayres swiv­elled back to Sharpe. 'He was caught red-​hand­ed and the bas­tard will hang. ' He raised him­self in his stir­rups and shout­ed at the Com­pa­ny.

It was Kearsey who had dis­cov­ered the gold, in­formed Welling­ton, and on­ly Kearsey knew its ex­act lo­ca­tion. Kearsey, suit­able or not, was the key to suc­cess. The road flat­tened on the high crest of the Coa's east bank, and ahead, sil­hou­et­ted in the dawn light, was Por­tu­gal's north­ern fortress, Almei­da. It dom­inat­ed the coun­try­side for miles around, a town built on a hill that rose to the huge bulk of a cathe­dral and a cas­tle side by side. Be­low those build­ings, mas­sive and chal­leng­ing, the thick-​tiled hous­es fell away down the steep streets un­til they met Almei­da's re­al de­fences.

He sat down again. 'Our en­emies are en­cour­aged to steal be­cause that is the on­ly way they can be fed. The re­sult is that they are hat­ed wher­ev­er they march. I spend mon­ey – my God, how much mon­ey – on pro­vid­ing ra­tions and trans­port and buy­ing food from the pop­ulace so that our sol­diers have no need to steal. We do this so they will be wel­comed by the lo­cal peo­ple and helped by them. ' Sharpe wished the lec­ture would end. ' There was sud­den­ly a strange noise over­head, a shuf­fling and rat­tling, and Welling­ton's eyes shot to the ceil­ing as if he could read what the noise might mean.

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