Sharpe's Tiger - Chapter 8 Summary & Analysis

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Chapter 8 Summary

British officers discuss the battle plans. They are sure that the outer wall will be breached and that the initial assault forces, known as Forlorn Hopes, will be able to gain entry into the city. They are called Forlorn Hopes because their chances of survival are low, yet there is never a lack for volunteers. As the officers discuss strategy, the army digs a zigzag network of trenches.

A mill fort offers Tippoo's troops cover to fire cannons effectively against the British position. The British mount an attack that successfully takes the fort, after which they bring their own siege cannons into it.

Tippoo entertains his troops with dancers, jugglers, snake charmers and strongman tricks from the jettis. He then brings in the British prisoners, including Hakeswill, and orders the jettis to kill all of them. When it comes to Hakeswill's turn, he...

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