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The Thin Red Line is in two volumes, complete here. It takes place at the time of the Crimean War. ALSO INCLUDES THE STORY: BLUE BLOOD An excerpt: Whats up, Hugo? The general was riding just in front of the Royal Picts, and his words were heard byMoreThe Thin Red Line is in two volumes, complete here. It takes place at the time of the Crimean War. ALSO INCLUDES THE STORY: BLUE BLOOD An excerpt: Whats up, Hugo? The general was riding just in front of the Royal Picts, and his words were heard by many of the regiment. Just fancy! we were on the point of having a brush with the Cossacks, when Lord Raglan came up and spoiled the fun. Do you know why? Yes- I heard him talking to our general--I am galloping, you know, for Lord Cardigan, who was mad to be at them, I can tell you, but he wasnt allowed. They were far too strong for you- I could see that myself. Thats what Lord Raglan said. As if any one of us was not good enough for twenty Russians! But he was particularly anxious, so I heard him say, not to be drawn into an action to-day. No doubt he was right, replied old Wilders. Only it cant be put off much longer. Unless I am greatly mistaken, to-morrow we shall be at it hammer and tongs. I hope I shall be somewhere near! cried Hugo, gaily. But where are the Royal Picts? Oh! here! I want to give Anastasius good-day. He found his younger brother was carrying the regimental colours, and the two young fellows exchanged pleasant greetings. It was quite a little family party, for just behind, in the centre of the line, stood Sergeant-major McKay, the unacknowledged cousin. How many of these four Wilders would be alive next night? No doubt a battle was imminent. It was more than possible that there would be a night attack, so both armies bivouacked in order of battle, ready to stand up in their places and fight at the first alarm.