1. What is Sharpe doing against the French in Chapter One?
He tricks them into an ambush, thus rendering his enemy immobile and winning the battle with no harm to his own soldiers.
2. Why does Sharpe feel guilty in Chapter One?
Sharpe feels guilt about the death of his wife, and about his young daughter, Antonia, whom he is not raising.
3. Who is La Marquesa and what is her nationality?
La Marquesa de Casares el Grande is Helene Leroux or "the Golden Whore." She is half-French and half-English, and married to a Spaniard.
4. What does Ducos do to set La Marquesa up to do his bidding?
She is moving her fortune from Spain to France for safekeeping, but Ducos intercepts her and accuses her of stealing the property. He asks her to write a letter in exchange for safe passage with her goods, accusing Richard Sharpe of ill conduct toward her, in hopes her husband would fight a duel to defend her honor.
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