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The Dynasts: An Epic Drama Of The War With Napoleon - Part 3 - Act 4 - Scene 5. Bayonne. The British Camp Post by :Martynas Category :Plays Author :Thomas Hardy Date :May 2012 Read :2798

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The Dynasts: An Epic Drama Of The War With Napoleon - Part 3 - Act 4 - Scene 5. Bayonne. The British Camp

PART THIRD. ACT FOURTH. SCENE V.

(The foreground is an elevated stretch of land, dotted over in rows with the tents of the peninsular army. On a parade immediately beyond the tents the infantry are drawn up, awaiting something. Still farther back, behind a brook, are the French soldiery, also ranked in the same manner of reposeful expectation. In the middle- distance we see the town of Bayonne, standing within its zigzag fortifications at the junction of the river Adour with the Nive.

On the other side of the Adour rises the citadel, a fortified angular structure standing detached. A large and brilliant tricolor flag is waving indolently from a staff on the summit. The Bay of Biscay, into which the Adour flows, is seen on the left horizon as a level line.

The stillness observed by the soldiery of both armies, and by everything else in the scene except the flag, is at last broken by the firing of a signal-gun from a battery in the town-wall. The eyes of the thousands present rivet themselves on the citadel. Its waving tricolor moves down the flagstaff and disappears.)


THE REGIMENTS (unconsciously)

Ha-a-a-a!

(In a few seconds there shoots up the same staff another flag--one intended to be white; but having apparently been folded away a long time, it is mildewed and dingy.

From all the guns on the city fortifications a salute peals out. This is responded to by the English infantry and artillery with a feu-de-joie.)


THE REGIMENTS

Hurrah-h-h-h!

(The various battalions are then marched away in their respective directions and dismissed to their tents. The Bourbon standard is hoisted everywhere beside those of England, Spain, and Portugal. The scene shuts.)

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