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Discworld 30 - Monstrous Regiment

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    Анастасия Рожманhar citeretfor 4 år siden
    “Oh, you can join as men if you want,” said Polly.
    The girls looked at one another.
    “You get better swearwords,” said Polly. “And the trousers are useful. But it’s your choice.”
    Анастасия Рожманhar citeretfor 4 år siden
    The enemy wasn’t men, or women, or the old, or even the dead. It was just bleedin’ stupid people, who came in all varieties. And no one had the right to be stupid.
    Анастасия Рожманhar citeretfor 4 år siden
    Her hair, now, was just long enough to be a nuisance without being long enough to be attractive
    Анастасия Рожманhar citeretfor 4 år siden
    And Igorina, at least, had set up by herself in the capital, dealing with women’s problems, or at least those women’s problems that weren’t men.
    Анастасия Рожманhar citeretfor 4 år siden
    “I…expected better of ’em, really. I thought they’d be better at it than men. Trouble was, they were better than men at being like men. Hah, they do say the army can make a man of you, eh? So…whatever it is you are going to do next, do it as you. Good or bad, do it as you. Too many lies and there’s no truth to go back to.”
    Анастасия Рожманhar citeretfor 4 år siden
    The pen might not be mightier than the sword, but maybe the printing press was heavier that the siege weapon
    Анастасия Рожманhar citeretfor 4 år siden
    Polly headed back to the rather larger cell that had been made available as the women’s barracks, or at least the barracks for the official women
    Анастасия Рожманhar citeretfor 4 år siden
    If the landslide is big enough, even square pebbles will roll.
    Анастасия Рожманhar citeretfor 4 år siden
    And General Froc might give the orders, but it was permissible to suppose that it was Sergeant Major Jackrum who anticipated them.
    Анастасия Рожманhar citeretfor 4 år siden
    Shufti’s a better man than you, and she’s pregnant!
    Анастасия Рожманhar citeretfor 4 år siden
    He was a sergeant major in a roomful of confused ruperts, and he was happier than a terrier in a barrel of rats.
    Анастасия Рожманhar citeretfor 4 år siden
    “We are soldiers?” said Polly.
    “O’course you are, otherwise I wouldn’t be shoutin’ at you, you ’orrible little woman!
    Анастасия Рожманhar citeretfor 4 år siden
    “How many did you spot, Mildred?”
    “That will be ‘General,’ Sergeant. I’m still a general, Sergeant. Or ‘sir’ will do. And your answer is: one or two. One or two.”
    “And you promoted them, did you, if they was as good as men?”
    “Indeed not, Sergeant. What do you take me for? I promoted them if they were better than men.”
    Анастасия Рожманhar citeretfor 4 år siden
    His face was red, but his jacket was redder, and his sergeant’s sash was the pure quill of redness, its very essence, the red of dying stars and dying soldiers.
    Анастасия Рожманhar citeretfor 4 år siden
    “Captain, I suggest you learn what a hrumph means!” roared Froc.
    Анастасия Рожманhar citeretfor 4 år siden
    The army may be crazy, but at least it’s crazy by numbers. It’s reliably insane.
    Анастасия Рожманhar citeretfor 4 år siden
    That’s the trouble about the good guys and the bad guys! They’re all guys!”
    Анастасия Рожманhar citeretfor 4 år siden
    The major acknowledged her by tapping the peak of his cap with a stick. It was definitely thinner than an inch.
    Анастасия Рожманhar citeretfor 4 år siden
    And right now I don’t want to put any trousers on because then I’d be a woman dressed up as a man dressed up as a woman dressed up as a man, and then I’d be so confused I won’t know how to swear. And I want to swear right now, sir, very much.
    Анастасия Рожманhar citeretfor 4 år siden
    “Hah, yes. Stole some clothes from a knockin’ shop, eh? Young lads like you shouldn’t have gone in a place like that, eh? Those places are an Abomination, if they’re run right!”
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