Sharpe's Enemy: Richard Sharpe and the Defense of Portugal, Christmas 1812 Setting & Symbolism

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The Pass of God

The Pass of God is the name given to a mountain pass that forms the primary setting of the novel. The pass sits on the transition point of a high plain leading into central Spain and a steep and rugged decline leading to Grenada and environs. The pass has been militarily significant in times past—during the current conflict it is judged insufficiently developed for major military movement. The French plan to seize the pass during a diversionary attack into Portugal. Fortunately for the British army, Sharpe happens to be there and mounts a stiff defense.

The Convent

A sturdy convent is built on the north side of the road leading through the Pass of God. The convent was built to enclose a location of rock said to have been stepped upon by a heavenly messenger. In the novel, the convent functions mostly...

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