EVIL: I am cut off in a savage land which will be at war with my own country presently
GOOD: I enjoy diplomatic immunity, for what it's worth, and am in good health, but ruined.
EVIL: An attempt has been made to assassinate me. These buggers would sooner murder people than eat their dinners.
GOOD: It failed, and I am under the protection of the queen bee, who rides like a rabbit. Also, [the American adventurer and agent Alexander] Gardner will look out for me.
EVIL: My orderly turns out to be the greatest villain since Dick Turpin, and is an American to boot.
GOOD: [Major] Broadfoot chose him, and since I see no reason why he should be hostile to me, I shall watch him like a hawk.
EVIL: Damn Broadfoot for landing me in this stew, when I could have been safe at home rogering Elspeth [Flashman's wife].
GOOD: Rations and quarters are A1, and Mangla sober is a capital mount, though she don't compare to Jeendan drunk.
EVIL: If I were a praying man, the Almighty would hear from me in no uncertain terms, and much good it would do me.
GOOD: Being a pagan (attached C of E) with no divine resources, I shall tread uncommon wary and keep my pepperbox [pistol] handy.