At the end of Part One we had left John Nicholson profoundly changed after the Afghan war. His treatment while a prisoner and then the murder and mutilation of his brother had left him with a intense hated of the Natives of the sub-continent and also a sense of divine right. With the end of the war came a period of intense boredom for Nicholson as he had to endure two years of garrison duty. Never a man for the social side of soldiering this period must of been one of intense frustration to him. It was during this time that he passed his exam in Urdu which would enable him to apply for a staff position.
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