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Lieutenant Richard Sharpe

Richard Sharpe is first described as tall, dark, and angry. In our first introduction to him, we learn that he hopes to sell his army commission. When that fails, Sharpe resorts to murder and robbery. He comes across as an opportunist looking for easy wealth. This first impression of Richard Sharpe is false.

Sharpe is the veteran of several battles, particularly in India. In many of those battles, Sharpe distinguished himself. An act of heroism caused his promotion from the ranks to officer, but this past full of bravery and service does not guarantee Sharpe preferential or even equal treatment in the army. Many resent his promotion from the ranks, and Sharpe is further hampered by grief over the loss of a woman and a baby.

Sharpe came from the most unlikely background for a British officer. He was raised in a foundling home, a cruel...

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