The advanced sentry is set to guard some obscure worthless dike-end obscure and worthless in itself, but to him a centre of infinite duty. True, the fate of the camp does not depend on its being taken; if the enemy round it, there are plenty behind to blow them out again.
You are two prudhommes well matched, and you can fight out this any other day'; and away he and his men go down the dike-end to the water." "Leaving Richard safe?" "Wounded a little, but safe enough." "And then?" "We followed them to the boat as hard as we could; killed one with a javelin, and caught another." "Knightly done!" and William swore an awful oath, "and worthy of valiant Frenchmen.
But that is no reason whatsoever why he, before any odds, should throw his musket over his shoulder, and retreat gracefully to the lines. He was set there to stand by that, whether dike-end or representation of Leeds; that is the right thing for him; and for that right he will fight, and if he be killed, die.