Wednesday, January 03, 2007

Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell: An Excerpt

"Oh, it is a little confusing at first, like most things," said Strange, "but having now experienced many of the adventures a war affords, I grow used to it. I have been robbed -- once. I have been shot at -- once. Once I found a Frenchman in the kitchen and had to chase him out, and once the house I was sleeping in was set on fire."
"By the French?" inquired General Stewart.
"No, no. By the English. There was a company of the 43rd who were apparently very cold that night and so they set fire to the house to warm themselves."

--Taken from Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell: A Novel by Susanna Clarke

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