Flashman on the MarchBook - 2005
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Sexual Content: Sir Harry Flashman might be more appropriately named "Sir Horny" from his exploits off the battlefield.
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"[Sir Harry Flashman, V.C.] glanced back at the smoke rising from Magdala [mountain fortress] like some huge genie escaping from his bottle ... And I thought of that hellish beautiful land [Abyssinia] and its hellish beautiful people, of Yando's [torture] cage and the horrors of Gondar, of bandit treasure aswarm with scorpions, of the terrifying thunder of descent into a water maelstrom [Tisisat Falls], of a raving lunatic [King Theodore] slaughtering helpless captives, of fighting women drunk on massacre, of a graceful she-devil aglow with love and ice-cold in hate ...". (p. 287)
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"There are days when you get up and smell death in the air, and that Good Friday was one of them. ... when [warlord] Theodore came on the scene in a raging temper ... [captive] Prideaux shook my hand in what he plainly thought was a last farewell. ... All that mattered was that the last chance of a peaceful issue had gone, and it behooved all good men to look after Number One, and bolt at the first chance. ... It never came. [Theodore] kept me with him all day, and since he was never without his bodyguards ... I could only wait and watch with my hopes diminishing; plainly the [battle] was coming, and the question was, when he went down to inevitable bloody defeat, would he take his prisoners with him? Fear said yes; common sense said no, what would be the point? But with a madman, who could tell? (p. 233-4)
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