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Brideshead Revisited 250 Epilogue BRIDESHEAD REVISITED

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导读: BridesheadRevisited250EpilogueBRIDESHEADREVISITED‘THEworstplacewe’vestruckyet,’saidthecommandingofficer;‘nofacilities,noamenities,andBrigadesittingrightontopofus.There’so...
Brideshead Revisited 250 Epilogue BRIDESHEAD REVISITED

 Brideshead Revisited 250

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BRIDESHEAD REVISITED

 

THE worst place we’ve struck yet,’ said the commanding officer; ‘no facilities, no amenities, and Brigade sitting right on top of us. There’s one pub in Flyte St Mary with capacity for about twenty - that, of course, will be out of bounds for officers; there’s a Naafi in the camp area. I hope to run transport once a week to Melstead Carbury.  marchmain is ten miles away and damn-all when you get there. It will therefore be the first concern of company officers to organize recreation for their men. M.O., I want you to take a look at the lakes to see if they’re fit for bathing.’ ‘Very good, sir.’

Brigade expects us to clean up the house for them. I should have thought some of those half-shaven scrim-shankers I see lounging round Headquarters might have saved us the trouble; however...Ryder, you will find a party of fifty and report to the Quartering Comandant at the house at 1045 hours; he’ll show you what we’re taking over.’

Very good, sir.’

Our predecessors do not seem to have been very enterprising. The valley has great potentialities for an assault course and a mortar range. Weapon-training officer, make a recce this morning and get something laid on before Brigade arrives.’ ‘Very good, sir.’

I’m going out myself with the adjutant to recce training areas. Anyone happen to know this district?’

I said nothing.

That’s all then, get cracking.’

Wonderful old place in its way,’ said the Quartering Commandant; ‘pity to knock it about too much.’

He was an old, retired, re-appointed lieutenant-colonel from some miles away. We met in the space before the main doors, where I had my half-company fallen-in, waiting for orders. ‘Come in. I’ll soon show you over. It’s a great warren of a place, but we’ve only requisitioned the ground floor and half a dozen bedrooms. Everything else upstairs is still private property, mostly cram-full of furniture; you never saw such stuff, priceless some of it.