A compendium of Flashman quotes, that was produced one damned entry at a time.
Monday, 6 February 2012
Strange sleight of hand
...Russia got Bessarabia, wherever that may be; the Turks remained a power in the Balkans, more or less, and by some strange sleight of hand we managed to collar Cyprus (no fool, D'Israeli, for all he dressed like a Pearly King).
Flashman and the Tiger, p.43, Harper Collins, paperback edition 2000.