Short Essay Questions Key
1. Why are the French able to cross into Belgium and what type of resistance is there?
The inhabitants of the region are sympathizers to the French cause and welcome the Dragoons. Only slight resistance is offered by Prussian infantry; the first casualties of both sides are suffered when the Dragoons are unexpectedly struck by some concealed Prussian cannon, which retreat northwards after the exchange.
2. What is Bonaparte thinking about as he sits in his coach near where the French come into Belgium?
He recalls, with satisfaction, how, in the span of only hundred and seven days since he landed in Southern France on a deserted beach with only a thousand men, he has gathered two hundred thousand veterans to his army. Bonaparte is now marching against what he considers to be English scum and their Prussian hirelings.
3. Why is the Duchess of Richmond apprehensive about John Rossendale?
She explains her apprehension of his presence at the ball because Lieutenant-Colonel Sharpe, the betrayed husband of Rossendale's mistress Jane, will also attend it. Sharpe is on the staff of the Prince of Orange. Rossendale and the Duchess realize that Sharpe will kill Rossendale if he meets him, but they do not expect Sharpe to attend the ball since he eschews social functions of that nature.
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