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THE DUKE

Davenport put these plans together with a lick and a promise.

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ADJUTANT

It is a bit much, Your Grace, definitely a bridge too far.

THE DUKE

That’s also my reading of the tea leaves. He vexes me. That man

has not seen action in a month of Sundays.

ADJUTANT

General Davenport is above the salt and could be our ace in

the hole, Your Grace.

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THE DUKE

How so, my dear fellow, he’s worse than a lost ball in the high weeds. A right

royal shallow brook, I’d say, and about as useful as a chocolate teapot.

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ADJUTANT

If I may be so bold, a chocolate teapot does have it’s uses.

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THE DUKE

Come on man, out with it!

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ADJUTANT

Let the General execute his poor man’s plan. When his regiments fail

to take the high ground, it would be above the fold.

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THE DUKE

And of course, with him gone and after we’ve sorted out this Bonaparte fellow,

that’ll leave you in prime spot to helm John’s Company, now, will it not.

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ADJUTANT

Well, Your Grace, if the powers-that-be so decide,

who am I to dispute their wisdom.

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THE DUKE

Hmmmm, what’s the disposition of the Prussian reinforcements?

ADJUTANT

They’ll be here tomorrow afternoon, Your Grace.

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THE DUKE

Good. Now then, take a despatch to General Davenport.  Make clear

that I cannot and will not sanction any advance on the hills.

He has to await the Prussians, and those are my orders!

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ADJUTANT

Begging your pardon, Your Grace, the General will never deign to share

the accolades with anyone, and especially with the Prussians.

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The Duke

Even more reason why I have to order him not to advance,

don’t you agree, James?

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ADJUTANT

I see, yes, yes of course and if I might be permitted a degree of candour,

Your Grace, it’s exactly what the doctor ordered.

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THE DUKE

You mean it’s exactly what John’s Company needs!

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