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CHAPTER SIX - THE FROGS AND THE LOBSTERS

the lush grass, leading to the ford which the 43rd were guarding. Hornblower led his horse onto the path before he mounted; he felt he would be more sure in that way of persuading the horse to take that direction. It was not long before he saw a dab of scarlet on the river bank - pickets thrown out from the main body to watch against any unlikely attempt to cross the marshes and stream round the British flank. Then he saw the cottage that indicated the site of the ford; in the field beside it was a wide patch of scarlet indicating where the main body was waiting for developments. At this point the marsh narrowed where a ridge of slightly higher ground approached the water; a company of redcoats was drawn up here with Lord Edrington on horseback beside them. Hornblower rode up and made his report, somewhat jerkily as his horse moved restlessly under him.
`No serious attack, you say?' asked Edrington.
`No sign of one when I left, sir.'
`Indeed?' Edrington stared across the river. `And here it's the same story. No attempt to cross the ford in force. Why should they show their hand and then not attack?'
`I thought they were burning powder unnecessarily, sir,' said Hornblower.
`They're not fools,' snapped Edrington, with another penetrating look across the river. `At any rate, there's no harm in assuming they are not.'
He turned his horse and cantered back to the main body and gave an order to a captain, who scrambled to his feet to receive it. The captain bellowed an order, and his company stood up and fell into line, rigid and motionless. Two further orders turned them to the right and marched them off in file, every man in step, every musket sloped at the same angle. Edrington watched them go.
`No harm in having a flank guard,' he said.
The sound of a cannon across the water recalled them to the river; on the other side of the marsh a column of troops could be seen marching rapidly along the bank.

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