Friday, 7 August 2009

General or Colonel So-and-so

These Russian civil servants are a bad lot – pompous, stupid and rude at best. They come in various grades, each with a military title – so that General or Colonel So-and-so turns out to be someone who neglects the parish sanitation or keeps inaccurate records of livestock.

Flashman at the Charge, p.128, Pan edition, 5th printing, 1979.

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