Behind the Hedges

Behind the Hedges

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1882 edition. Excerpt: ...himself to us? Supposing he were a spy?" "There is not much to spy out amongst us," said Henri, laughing. "We go straight on our way. Come, my lads! let us go and take this bridge." The Blues held their ground, and the powder was nearly exhausted: the little officer had disappeared! M. de la Rochejacquelein rode off full speed to fetch a supply from Bressuire, but half-way he met some soldiers carrying cartridges. "Who gave you such a good idea?" he asked. "A very young officer came to give the order," said the astonished peasants. "Well done! this spy seems to be our good angel!" and he returned to the fight, accompanied by the Vendeans who had brought the ammunition. Thrice had M. de Lescure attacked the bridge without making the Republicans give way; but just as his cousin returned, he perceived a slight movement of fatigue amongst them, and seized a gun at once. "Follow me " he shouted to his soldiers; and striding down the steep bank, he rushed upon the bridge, in the THE ASSAULT. 97 midst of the bullets and grape-shot. But he was alone, his peasants not having dared to follow him. He ran back to them: called, exhorted, excited them. At length, hoping to carry them with him, he returned to the bridge, once more alone in the face of the enemy. His clothes were riddled with balls, but he had not received a single wound. "Wait! wait!" cried Henri, who was just arriving: "I am coming to you!" And he rushed upon the bridge, followed by an officer and Pierre Goureau. All four crossed the bridge, and leapt the entrenchments; the officer fell at the foot of the wall, but the three first assailants defended themselves valiantly. The peasants took courage and...show more

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  • Paperback | 40 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 2mm | 91g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236857186
  • 9781236857187