• Morale is low among the soldiers as the book opens, most feeling that the war is almost lost to Napoleon, though Sharpe disagrees.
• Sharpe and his regiment are outside a town that is monitored by Provosts.
• One of Sharpe's men is caught with a chicken and Lieutenant Ayres wants to hang him for theft.
• Sharpe threatens Ayres in order to get him to let the man go.
• Sharpe's commanding office, Lawford, tells Sharpe that Wellington is quite displeased with Sharpe bullying Ayres.
• Sharpe goes in personally and talks with Wellington who reprimands him and says Sharpe must apologize to Ayres.
• Wellington places Sharpe's regiment under his personal command.
• Wellington intends to send Sharpe and his men on a mission that Sharpe best complete successfully.
• When Sharpe returns from Wellinton's office, he meets up with Ayres and Colonel Williams and they sit to talk.
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