Sharpe's Skirmish Setting & Symbolism

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San Miguel de Tormes

San Miguel de Tormes is the main setting of this story and is where the skirmish is fought between Sharpe's men and Herault's men.

Salamanca

Salamanca is a town near San Miguel where there are many English reinforcements which Teresa summons when Pailleterie arrives at San Miguel with his French soldiers.

Wine Bottles

When Sharpe orders Harper to break all of the wine bottles, Harper disobeys, but this is fortunate since the English later break these bottles on the bridge to construct makeshift caltrops which prevent the French from crossing the bridge to the fort, allowing Sharpe's men to win the skirmish.

Caltrops

Sharpe orders his men to construct makeshift caltrops on the bridge leading to the fort at San Miguel, thus preventing the hussars from regaining the fort and achieving victory in the skirmish for Sharpe and his men.

Gawilghur

Gawilghur is a...

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