Our Troubled Times
Perhaps There Is no Choice
A Hypertext Poem
famous painting by Elizabeth Thompson (Lady
Butler) depicts Dr William Brydon, an assistant
surgeon in the Bengal Army, arriving at the gates
of Jellalabad on his exhausted and dying horse.
He was thought to be the sole survivor of the
16,000 strong British expedition, forced to
retreat from Kabul through snow-covered passes
during the first Afghan War. Later, though, a few
other stragglers successfully made the long
journey back to base.
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