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CHAPTER SIX - THE FROGS AND THE LOBSTERS

`I've come to see for myself,' he said. `The position looks strong enough in all conscience here. Once you have the guns posted you should be able to hold this bridge until you can blow up the arch. But there's a ford, passable at low water, half a mile lower down. That is where I shall station myself - if we lose the ford they can turn the whole position and cut us off from the shore. Tell this gentleman - what's his name? - what I said.'
Hornblower translated as well as he could, and stood by as interpreter while the two commanders pointed here and there and settled their respective duties.
`That's settled, then,' said Edrington at length. `Don't forget, Mr Hornblower, that I must be kept informed of every development.'
He nodded to them and wheeled his horse and trotted off. As he left a cart approached from the direction of Muzillac, while behind it a loud clanking heralded the arrival of the two six-pounders, each drawn painfully by a couple of horses led by seamen. Sitting upon the front of the cart was Midshipman Bracegirdle, who saluted Hornblower with a broad grin.
`From quarterdeck to dung cart is no more than a step,' he announced, swinging himself down. `From midshipman to captain of artillery.'
He looked along the causeway and then around him.
`Put the guns over there and they'll sweep the whole length,' suggested Hornblower.
`Exactly,' said Bracegirdle.
Under his orders the guns were wheeled off the road and pointed along the causeway, and the dung cart was unloaded of its contents, a tarpaulin spread on the ground, the gunpowder cartridges laid on it and covered with another tarpaulin. The shot and the bags of grape were piled beside the guns, the seamen working with a will under the stimulus of their novel surroundings.
`Poverty brings strange bedfellows,' said Bracegirdle. `And wars strange duties. Have you ever blown up a bridge?'

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