Friday, 24 February 2012

Pretty ramshackle

He beagn by asking me what I knew of the Austrian Empire. I retorted that they seemed to be good at losing wars and territory, having been licked lately by France, Prussia, and Italy, for heaven’s sake, and that the whole concern was pretty ramshackle. Beyond that I knew nothing and cared less.

Flashman and the Tiger, p.86, Harper Collins, paperback edition 2000.

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