Voleur des Coeurs looked steadily at Manstein and said: "No. No head cracking. That is not proper military behavior. Besides, it's unfashionable. We shall behave in a proper military fasion and defend this ruin."
Theo, in a voice that surprised him by quavering only a little spoke: "Ought we not retire to the boat?"
"Ja, das vould be der gut idea" agreed Manstein, nodding vigorously, oak leaves showering from his hat.
"Oh, good heavens, I can never understand you people! No! We shall stand here and fight. Like Leonidas at Thermopylae, we shall fight our position and stand our ground!" Voleur's hand stole inside his jacket. He stood very erect and Theo thought he looked very noble.
He couldn't bear to remind him of what had happened to Leonidas.