Sharpe's Father -
“ take you out, put me in and a horse appears in this happy person “
I love Sharpe and things Napoleonic.
Thank you for your work and many hours of reading pleasure.
Your riddle has perplexed me for some time , but now, like a fusilier with bayonet firmly affixed, I am ready to join the ranks of other brave Cornwellians and finally have a figurative “ stab “ at this infernal conundrum.
Like the stronghold at Badajoz, this devilish clue needs breaking-down :
take you = “ con “ ( as in “ swindle “ ) a horse appears in this = “ stable “ naturally !
combined you get “ constable “
happy person = the laughing policemen ( a constable ! ) Incidentally, this famous music hall song was written by none other than Charles Jolly ! )
I cannot prove that the impressionist John Constable made a habit of spending his hard earned cash on the Piccadilly Commandoes of 18th Century London, and in particular Sharpe’s mother, but who can say he did not ?
And crucially, in Regency Britain, Suffolk to the capital was not an arduous journey on a steam train, even if one you had to change in Colchester.
Do I win Sharpe’s gold ?