It is said that, on the eve of battle, he would ride to the top of the nearest vantage point with a local guide to survey the field of the next day’s impending slaughter. There is a gripping scene in War and Peace where Tolstoy imagines Le petit caporal exclaiming “We have them!” as he sees the opposing armies descending into a vulnerable fold in the landscape just before his famous victory at Austerlitz.
In Victor Hugo’s Les Misérables, the Emperor’s defeat at Waterloo is partially ascribed to his guide not informing him of the existence of a crucial ditch into which La Garde Impériale plunged to their deaths as they charged the British ranks.
Nabulione di Buonaparte is better known to history as Napoleon. In this chapter we are going to learn from his methods. Before we prepare to do battle with a foreign language, it is always a good idea to survey the peaks and troughs that await us. We are going to examine one of the most detested words in the English language and see how much we need to know about it. Grammar.