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He jerked the cartridge out of the breech-block into the palm of his hand. ‘ ‘Ere’s my chaplain,’ he said, and made the venomous black-headed bullet bow like a marionette.‘ ‘E’s goin’ to teach a man all about which is which, an’ wot’s true, after all, before sundown.”…


This is from “On Greenhow Hill”, from Life’s Handicap.

While his comrade Learoyd is telling the tale of his lost love, many years ago, Private Ortheris – a deadly marksman – is stalking a deserter who has been lobbing bullets into the British camp….