I was lunching with William next day, and I told him about the subaltern.
His subaltern, Bacon, had been the first to pass the gap, and had been killed on emerging.
It was the subaltern standard-bearer, who had been shot through the left lung.
He entreats Blount, who is his subaltern, to shoulder the blame.
"The enemy are continuing to fortify the coast, Sir," said the subaltern.