Excerpt from The Complete Short Stories of Guy De Maupassant: Ten Volumes in One For many days now the fag end of the army had been straggling through the town. They were not troops, but a disbanded horde. The beards of the men were long and filthy, their uniforms in tatters, and they advanced at an easy pace without ﬂag or regiment. All seemed worn-out and back-broken, inca pable of a thought or a resolution, marching by habit solely, and falling from fatigue as soon as they stopped. In short, they were a mobilized, pacific peo ple, bending under the weight of the gun; some little squads or. The alert, easy to take alarm and prompt in enthusiasm, ready to attack or to ﬂee; and in the midst of them, some red breeches, the remains of a division broken up in a great battle; son e somber artillery men in line with these varied kinds of foot soldiers; and, sometimes the brilliant helmet of a dragoon on foot who fol lowed with difficulty the shortest march of the lines. Some legions of free-shooters, under the heroic names of Avengers of the Defeat, Citizens of the Tomb, Par takers of Death, passed in their turn with the air of bandits. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.com This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art technology to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.