Sharpe's Battle: Richard Sharpe and the Battle of Fuentes de Onoro, May 1811 Short Essay - Answer Key

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1. Why is Sharpe frustrated at the beginning of the book, what does Harper do about it and how does Sharpe respond to Harper?

Richard Sharpe is lost and crumbles the map given him by Major Hogan into a small ball. Sergeant Harper, his good friend and best soldier in the company, is little help. He launches into a story of his grand-dad being lost and a bullock going over a cliff. Sharpe tells Harper to shut up, and calls for Lieutenant Harry Price to help him.

2. What does Sharpe see from the hill he is on, and what does he decide to do about it? What changes his decision?

A lookout calls softly for Sharpe to check out a soldier on the road below them. The man dismounts, urinates, and rides away when done. Sharpe and Price climb a hill and peer over. Two hundred feet below them a small detachment of French soldiers sit in an abandoned settlement. Sharpe, being out-numbered and needing to move on, decides to ignore them until a woman's scream breaks the silence.

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