1. How does Flashman live his life at the beginning of chapter one?
In September of 1856, Flashman has retired and is enjoying life with his wife and son. He socializes, sleeps around, and says nothing can may help his old generals who the government have accused of mismanaging the Crimean War.
2. Describe the party at Balmoral.
Elspeth gets on so well with Queen Victoria that she starts to call her Vickie. Flashy tells stories from Russia and sucks up to Prince Albert. Flashman says he wants to sleep with Florence Nightingale but misses the opportunity.
3. Why is Jhansi causing Britain a problem?
Pam says a Russian called Count Ignatieff is trying to stir trouble in Jhansi in India. The British have only had the throne four years and the old Rani rules unhappily under their tutelage.
4. Why does Flashman state that he is not keen on his mission to India?
Flashman states that his other adventures happened by chance. However, the Prime Minister is recruiting him personally this time. He is unhappy because he has nowhere to escape.
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