Thursday, May 12, 2022


The Correct Drill

C.M. Bowra, Memories 1898-1939 (London: Weidenfeld and Nicholson, 1966), p. 75:
He knew all the tricks of military life and enjoyed the role of an old soldier. Once, we had fallen in and were standing at attention, when Bourne smartly stepped three steps forward, broke wind loudly, and stepped smartly back. This was the correct drill for such a need, but he alone knew it. The sergeant in control was on the point of explosion but not sure enough of himself to say anything.


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