Thus the highest form of generalship is to balk the enemy's plans; the next best is to prevent the junction of the enemy's forces
; the next in order is to attack the enemy's army in the field; and the worst policy of all is to besiege walled cities.
"True," replied the president; "but we will overcome that, for the force
of impulsion will depend on the length of the engine and the powder employed, the latter being limited only by the resisting power of the former.
The regiments who had seen the feat cheered wildly at this exhibition of the white man's magic, which they took as an omen of success, while the force
the general had belonged to--which, indeed, as we ascertained afterwards, he had commanded--fell back in confusion.
But they gave good account of themselves, and before they had been overborne by force
of numbers they had killed two and disabled three more.
It is easy to perceive that a discretion so latitudinary as this would afford ample room for eluding the force
of the provision.
"How by force
?" asked Don Quixote; "is it possible that the king uses force
At last, at seven o'clock in the evening, the Privy Council issued a solemn proclamation that it was now necessary to employ the military, and that the officers had most direct and effectual orders, by an immediate exertion of their utmost force
, to repress the disturbances; and warning all good subjects of the King to keep themselves, their servants, and apprentices, within doors that night.
For, although one may be very strong in armed forces
, yet in entering a province one has always need of the goodwill of the natives.
Mugambi pointed out across the plain to where a white-robed force
of mounted men was now distinctly visible.
But the spiritualists have begun with tables writing for them, and spirits appearing to them, and have only later started saying that it is an unknown force
After having borne all sorts of affronts and ill-treatments, we retired to our house at Fremona, in the midst of our countrymen, who had been settling round about us a long time, imagining we should be more secure there, and that, at least during the life of the Emperor, they would not come to extremities, or proceed to open force
. I laid some stress upon the kindness which the viceroy of Tigre had shown to us, and in particular to me; but was soon convinced that those hopes had no real foundation, for he was one of the most violent of our persecutors.
In view of all this information, when the enemy has scattered his forces
in large detachments, and with Napoleon and his Guards in Moscow, is it possible that the enemy's forces
confronting you are so considerable as not to allow of your taking the offensive?