He was received by the French officer in advance with the usual formalities, and immediately accompanied to a distant marquee of the renowned soldier
who led the forces of France.
is applauded who refuses to serve in an unjust war by those who do not refuse to sustain the unjust government which makes the war; is applauded by those whose own act and authority he disregards and sets at naught; as if the state were penitent to that degree that it hired one to scourge it while it sinned, but not to that degree that it left off sinning for a moment.
They answered, 'We are three soldiers
, and have deserted because our pay was so small.
This is one of the bons mots of Alexander VI, and refers to the ease with which Charles VIII seized Italy, implying that it was only necessary for him to send his quartermasters to chalk up the billets for his soldiers
to conquer the country.
When there is much running about and the soldiers
fall into rank, it means that the critical moment has come.
And when the men had replied that they formed a regiment and not a brigade, the older soldiers
had laughed, and said, "O Gawd
A double rank of soldiers
made their appearance, occupying the whole breadth of the passage, with shouldered matchlocks, and matches burning, so as to present a row of fires in the dusk.
Squads of soldiers
who were dismissed from duty passed by them, shoulder to shoulder, with the regular step which they had learned at the drill.
And not only externally was all in order, but had it pleased the commander in chief to look under the uniforms he would have found on every man a clean shirt, and in every knapsack the appointed number of articles, "awl, soap, and all," as the soldiers
And when he looked across at the wall where the mortar had fallen out, he could sit and find out there the strangest figures imaginable; exactly as the street had appeared before, with steps, projecting windows, and pointed gables; he could see soldiers
with halberds, and spouts where the water ran, like dragons and serpents.
I climbed the barren mountain, And my gaze swept far and wide For the red-lit eaves of my father's home, And I fancied that he sighed: My son has gone for a soldier
, For a soldier
night and day; But my son is wise, and may yet return, When the drums have died away.
Circumstances of an imperious nature, which it is unnecessary to relate here, had prevented him from taking service with that gallant army which had fought the disastrous campaigns ending with the fall of Corinth, and he chafed under the inglorious restraint, longing for the release of his energies, the larger life of the soldier
, the opportunity for distinction.