Friday, 5 August 2011

Warm feeling of survival

As I trotted through the lines I could feel that air of contented elation that comes at the end of a campaign: the men are tired, and would like to sleep for a year, but they don’t want to miss the warm feeling of survival and comradeship, so they lie blinking in the sun, or rouse themselves to skylark and play leapfrog.

Flashman and the Mountain of Light, pp.348-9, Fontana Paperback edition, 1991.

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