The First Day, Chapters 1 thru 6
• Chapter 1 describes a summer's day in June being broken when French Dragoons cross into Belgium without any resistance.
• The Prussian infantry resists the move weakly and the Dragoons are struck by concealed Prussian cannon.
• Napoleon is ten miles from the Dragoon-Prussian encounter and is informed there is little resistance.
• He has gathered two hundred thousand men to march against the British and the Prussians.
• In Chapter 2 the action changes to forty miles to the north where the Duchess of Richmond is preparing to give a ball in a large house.
• The British believe Napoleon will not arrive in Belgium until July. One of the Duchess's guests arrives for his tickets.
• She is apprehensive because he is the man with whom Sharpe's wife's betrayed him and Sharpe will kill him if he meets him.
• The French continue to advance and reach a point where...
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