DUFFEL BLOG PRESENTS: Jane Austen gives your weekend safety brief
It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single company in possession of a good four day pass, must be in want of a safety brief.
However little known the feelings or views of such a company may be on first entertaining the notion of such an enterprise, the truth is so well fixed in the minds of the first sergeant and commander, that they are considered the rightful property to some one or another of their mandatory briefings.
“My dear first sergeant,” said his commander to him one Wednesday, “Have you heard that we are to have a four day pass, at last?”
First Sergeant replied that he had not.
“But it is,” returned he; “For Maj. Long has just been here from battalion, and she told me all about it.”
First Sergeant made no answer.
“Do you not want to know who is on the pass?” cried Capt. Bennet impatiently.
“YOU want to tell me, and I have no objection to hearing it,” replied the first sergeant, amenably.
That was invitation enough.
“Why, my dear first sergeant, you simply must know, Maj. …
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