History Literature / Sharpe

19th Apr '18 4:27:01 AM john_e
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* OverlyLongSpanishName: ''Sharpe's Sword'' introduces La Marquesa de Casares el Grande y Melida Sadaba.
5th Mar '18 1:59:00 PM Divra
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** Cochrane and Lord Pumphrey have only one virtue, namely being not quite as evil as the people they are pointed at. NominalHero, natch.

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** Sir Thomas Cochrane and Lord Pumphrey have only one virtue, namely being not quite as evil as the people they are pointed at. NominalHero, natch.
5th Mar '18 1:57:49 PM Divra
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** Sharpe comes in as a Type IV
** Harper and most of the chosen men are Type III-V.
** Wellington is a Type II, as is Lord Nelson.
** Calvet is a Type IV.
** Cochrane is a Type V, as is Lord Pumphrey.
** Theresa Moreno is a Type IV, whilst La Marquesa is a Type V.

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** Sharpe comes in as a Type IV
quite solidly at UnscrupulousHero.
** Harper and most of the chosen men are Type III-V.
Chosen Men vary between PragmaticHero, UnscrupulousHero and NominalHero, depending on the weather.
** Wellington is a Type II, as is and Lord Nelson.
Nelson clock in at Disney Anti-Hero.
** Calvet is General Calvet, being a Type IV.NotSoDifferent counterpart to Sharpe, also centers around UnscrupulousHero. He comes across as fairly benign, but he has a lot of off-screen baggage.
** Cochrane and Lord Pumphrey have only one virtue, namely being not quite as evil as the people they are pointed at. NominalHero, natch.

** Cochrane is a Type V, as is Lord Pumphrey.
** Theresa Moreno is an UnscrupulousHero, being a Type IV, ruthless partisan whilst La Marquesa is a Type V.NominalHero.
12th Jan '18 9:06:27 AM dracogeorge
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* TheBigGuy: Harper, who's absolutely enormous. Sharpe himself is big enough to intimidate most people, and qualifies as this in the books before he meets Harper.

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* TheBigGuy: Harper, who's absolutely enormous. Sharpe himself is big enough to intimidate most people, and qualifies as this in the books before he meets Harper.[[note]]''Sharpe's Tiger'' mentions that he is big enough that he would normally have been made part of the Grenadier Company, which is made up of the tallest men in the regiment, but the officer in charge of the Light Company at the time insisted on having Sharpe in his company[[/note]]



** The ''entire damn army''. According to Wellington and Hogan, all the enlisted men in the British army are either gutter bastards, drunks, thieves, rapists or murderers and at least three of those describe Sharpe himself (since Sharpe's attitude to rapists is positively murderous and he's rarely seen drunk, save when he's phenomenally depressed, the rest is merely a matter of elimination).
** TruthInTelevision, witness Wellington's famous quote "I don't know what effect they will have on the enemy, but by God they frighten me".
** And even more appropriately, "Our army is the scum of the earth, the merest scum of the earth... but by God, what fine fellows have we made of them!"

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** The ''entire damn army''. According to Wellington and Hogan, all the enlisted men in the British army are either gutter bastards, drunks, thieves, rapists or murderers and at least three of those describe Sharpe himself (since Sharpe's attitude to rapists is positively murderous and he's rarely seen drunk, save when he's phenomenally depressed, the rest is merely a matter of elimination).
elimination[[note]]In his backstory, he murdered two men before joining the army, became a thief after running away from an apprenticeship as a chimneysweep (up until fleeing London after killing the first man, a gang leader), and his mother was a prostitute while no one knows who his father is, meaning that he is indeed illegitimate[[/note]]).
** TruthInTelevision, witness Wellington's famous quote "I don't know what effect they will have on the enemy, but by God they frighten me".
me"[[note]]It should be noted that he may not have said this. [[https://en.wikiquote.org/wiki/Arthur_Wellesley,_1st_Duke_of_Wellington#Disputed It is believed]] it may have actually been taken from something he wrote to another officer talking about the generals under his command, rather than the soldiers[[/note]].
** And even more appropriately, "Our army is the scum of the earth, the merest scum of the earth... but by God, what fine fellows have we made of them!"them!"[[note]]While this is the well known version, [[BeamMeUpScotty it is not exactly what he said]]. He actually said "The French system of conscription brings together a fair sample of all classes; ours is composed of the scum of the earth the mere scum of the earth. It is only wonderful that we should be able to make so much out of them afterwards." There is a second, longer version from notes written by him, but it is closer to what he actually said than what people usually quote[[/note]]
12th Jan '18 8:18:06 AM dracogeorge
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* ExactWords: Done twice in ''Sharpe's Triumph'', [[spoiler: both to prevent Sharpe from being arrested by Hakeswill. The first time, [=McCandless=] smudges the "e" in "Sharpe" on the warrant, then tells Hakeswill that he obviously has the wrong man, since the warrant is for a "Sergeant Richard Sharp" not "Sharpe". The second time, Colonel Wallace tells Hakeswill that he's allowed to arrest Sergeant Sharpe, but not [[RankUp Ensign]] Sharpe]].



* ItHasBeenAnHonor: To Gudin, after they are found out, in ''Tiger.''

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* IronicEcho: In ''Sharpe's Triumph'', [=McCandless=] throws Hakeswill's "It says so in the scriptures" catchphrase[[note]]Which [=McCandless=], as an ''extremely'' religious man, hates, and he always snaps at Hakeswill when he hears it[[/note]] back at him, and unlike with Hakeswill, what he says is ''actually'' in the [[Literature/TheBible scriptures]][[note]]"I say to a man, go, and he goeth", from Matthew 8[=:=]9 KJV. Sort of. See GeniusBonus[[/note]].
* ItHasBeenAnHonor: To Gudin, after they are found out, in ''Tiger.''''Tiger''.



** Though it doesn't last as long, Sharpe is also friends with Lawford's uncle [=McCandless=], an old, well-educated, highly moral, extremely religious Scottish intelligence officer for the East India Company, who has a lot of faith in Sharpe and believes that, for all his flaws, he is a good man. [[spoiler: Him being shot in the leg is a large part of why Sharpe doesn't join Pohlmann, as he legitimately cares about the man]].



** We only have about one scene of Sharpe leading men as a sergeant, but from what brief interactions we see, and [[spoiler:considering the fact that ''not'' getting punished for his men being killed actually makes Sharpe feel worse]], he may have been this, to a degree.



** In ''Sharpe's Tiger'', then-Sergeant Sharpe and Lt. Lawford are sent to [[FakeDefectors infiltrate]] Seringapatam and rescue Colonel [=McCandless=], an intelligence agent. To prove his loyalty to Tippo Sultan, Sharpe is given a loaded musket and told to kill [=McCandless=]. Naturally, the musket doesn't fire properly. Sharpe later tells Lawford that he knew the gunpowder used to prime the musket was bad, but it's left ambiguous whether Sharpe knew about the bad powder before or after he fired the weapon.

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** In ''Sharpe's Tiger'', then-Sergeant then-Private Sharpe and Lt. Lawford are sent to [[FakeDefectors infiltrate]] Seringapatam and rescue Colonel [=McCandless=], an intelligence agent. To prove his loyalty to Tippo Sultan, Sharpe is given a loaded musket and told to kill [=McCandless=]. Naturally, the musket doesn't fire properly. Sharpe later tells Lawford that he knew the gunpowder used to prime the musket was bad, but it's left ambiguous whether Sharpe knew about the bad powder before or after he fired the weapon.


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** The Tippoo Sultan in ''Sharpe's Tiger''. While Sharpe does loot the jewels from his body, he leaves the Tippoo's sword, and salutes him as he dies, outright saying he deserves to keep it, as he fought hard and died like a soldier.
4th Jan '18 3:17:38 PM Divra
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* ChrouchingMoronHiddenBadass: Mentioned in passing by Sharpe, in reference to Tippoo Sultan.

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* ChrouchingMoronHiddenBadass: CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass: Mentioned in passing by Sharpe, in reference to Tippoo Sultan.
4th Jan '18 3:16:26 PM Divra
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* ChrouchingMoronHiddenBadass: Mentioned in passing by Sharpe, in reference to Tippoo Sultan.
--> [His bodyguards] were all big bastards, and he were but a fat little bugger. But he died as hard as any six of them.
3rd Nov '17 12:49:42 PM sabremeister
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* BloodKnight: Admiral Sir Thomas Cochrane wants to free Napoleon from Elba and create a "United States of South America" from Spanish and Portuguese colonies. Why? He just really loves killing people. This is TruthInTelevision, as it happens: he complained about not being given a fleet in the Crimean War, [[BadassGrandpa at the age of 73]], something Parliament did on the entirely reasonable grounds that he would probably do something completely crazy with it. On top of that, the Siege of Sebastopol would have been much shorter had he been in charge. Why? [[NoKillLikeOverKill His plan involved saturation bombardment and poison gas. ]]

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* BloodKnight: Admiral Sir Thomas Cochrane wants to free Napoleon from Elba St. Helena and create a "United States of South America" from Spanish and Portuguese colonies. Why? He just really loves killing people. This is TruthInTelevision, as it happens: he complained about not being given a fleet in the Crimean War, [[BadassGrandpa at the age of 73]], something Parliament did on the entirely reasonable grounds that he would probably do something completely crazy with it. On top of that, the Siege of Sebastopol would have been much shorter had he been in charge. Why? [[NoKillLikeOverKill His plan involved saturation bombardment and poison gas. ]]
1st Nov '17 12:10:32 PM Black_Diesel
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27th Sep '17 7:35:55 AM Sontin
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*** It's a good bet he knew the musket wouldn't fire though. As he so rightly points out to Lawford, at that point the Tippoo Sultan had no idea whether or not Sharpe and Lawford were spies and potential assassins, and so the ''last'' thing he would do is give Sharpe a working weapon while he was standing right next to him.
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