Monday, 8 October 2012
a Stygian militia marches to crush a Taian rebellion;
the militia approaches a long thin gorge of the Helu River Valley;
a Captain expects them to camp before entering the gorge because they cannot traverse it before dark and it would be a bad place to be attacked;
however, the Commander, ordered to crush the rebellion quickly, hopes that they will be attacked;
his men will then repulse the Taians and withdraw but will inflict heavier casualties than they suffer because they are better equipped and used to fighting in close ranks;
meanwhile, the Taian leader plans to attack the head of the column while some of his warriors form a row across the bank to hold off the rest, then after dark to retreat uphill where " '...yon blundering flatlanders will never dare pursue...' " and to continue harassing them on subsequent days (p. 33).
Thus, by the end of the fourth page of the Chapter, we know the plans of both sides but must read further to learn the outcome.