Now, due to the magic of between chapter jump-cuts, we’re transported down to the madness on the bridge. This is an unusual chapter, because in the hands of an epic-type writer, it would be far more spectacular to describe the entire movement of what all the troops are doing.
How far does the line extend? What’s going on over the French side of the bridge? What’s causing all the delays up on the Austrian side?
But instead, we’re stuck in the one position, seeing everything from the point of view of Nesvitsky the Mimic. It’s rather a blinkered view, because we can only work out what is happening from what he is seeing.
However, isn’t that what it would feel like in real life? Have you ever been stuck behind a crowd of people (probably more likely at the train station than a bridge being fired upon, nowadays) and not known what’s going on? If you’re getting a little bit frustrated by these random snippets of experience during the battle, you may find this frustrating. But, bear with it, because almost like a mosaic, these chapters become tiles in a much larger picture.