The Baron in the Trees - Chapter 27 Summary & Analysis

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Chapter 27 Summary

The fun Cosimo has with the soldiers is just what a man of his convictions and ingenuity could have with a group of occupying soldiers wandering aimlessly underfoot. He observes the contrast between one Austrian regiment smartly dressed with a punctilious sergeant at the lead, but with no idea how to manage in woods as thick as Cosimo's, and a French regiment, so thoroughly soaked in the winter months that when spring came, their hats and coats begin to sprout moss and lichens. They seem as much a part of the forest as the trees themselves, and so it brings Cosimo pleasure to help them out.

He lures the Austrians into traps, getting them so bug-bitten and crazy with being out of their element that any decorum they try to maintain dissolves. For the French, he reports the movements of the Austrians and suggests the best strategies...

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