Tuesday, 4 August 2009

A cheery place

Oh, it was a cheery place alright, this great empire of Russia as I first saw it in the autumn of ’54 – a great ill-worked wilderness ruled by a small landed aristocracy with their feet on the necks of a huge human-animal population, with Cossack devils keeping order when required.

Flashman at the Charge, p.126, Pan edition, 5th printing, 1979.

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