The dream

Author: Herbert G. Wells

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The Traveller's Library Volume 14

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1856 edition. Excerpt: ... of 100,000 men, on the flank of their line. Vandamme, supported by a part of St. Cyr's force, could have brought 40,000 men upon them from the Erzgebirge; anda battle so delivered, even if the numbers had been equal, would have probably resulted in the triumph of the assailants. But Napoleon, after just so much delay as leads us to conjecture that some such idea must have crossed his mind, suddenly put it from him. He now knew that it was Blueher who had pressed so hard upon Ney; and, judging that the impetuosity of that brave man's character would urge him to fight for the ground which he had won, he resolved to deal his first great blow at the army of Silesia. And though he could not doubt that attempts would in the meanwhile be made to trouble his own rear, and it might be to occupy Dresden, he calculated that in either case the amount of damage done would be small, ere he should be free to counter-march, and strong enough to oppose it. " Schwartzenberg," he said, speaking of the Austrian marshal, on whom by common consent the chief command had been bestowed, "is slow and methodical. It will take him a week to bring his columns into line of battle, and another week will probably elapse ere he can succeed in making an impression either upon Dresden or the camp at Pirna. Long before the expiration of that time I shall have crushed Blucher, and be back again to crush him, should he have the hardihood to await my coming." Having formed this resolution, Napoleon lost no time in carrying it into effect. He set out on the evening of the 19th, on his return to Zittau, and travelling all night reached that place long before dawn on the 20th. The journey was not, however, performed without the occurrence of...