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.