‘Bonaparte has seen my plans and has approved them.This time there will be no prevarication, none of your “peut-êtres”. ’ ‘In August 1803 there will be a number of simultaneous actions designed to humble England, bring it under the power of France and by so doing free Ireland from England’s grasp.
Worse, nary a one of ’em knew how to keep their gob shut, clucking around Dublin and Paris like dunghill cocks and poor mouthing one another in the process.
You should know though, General, that I have learnt from their indiscretion.
And that brings me to the second cause of the failure of the Irish … I understand your people see it as a condition precedent that any successful rebellion should coincide with an invasion of Ireland by the French.’ ‘That is the truth of it, General.
The leaders of the ’98 rebellion believed the country would only rise when the Frogs were seen marching on Dublin.’ ‘But this is not your belief.’ ‘No, Sir, for the simple reason I do not trust the Frogs.
Kit pressed a penny into the girl’s hand and then waited while she slumped her way back down the stairs, taking the opportunity this gave to bring his thoughts and nerves to order. He had five loyal and lusty lads downstairs keeping dick on things and ready to warn him if the traps put in an appearance and he had a pistol to hand.