There was a sudden retort from a cannon, followed by grapeshot.

AlexanderIII

Senior Member
Russian
Dear all,
this is from the novel The Many Lives & Secret Sorrows of Josephine B. by Sandra Gulland.

There was a sudden retort from a cannon, followed by grapeshot.

Is grapeshot a report of a cannon or sound of grapeshots hitting walls, trees etc.? In other words how many shots are mentioned in the sentence in question?
 
  • Barque

    Senior Member
    Tamil
    Grapeshot refers to the ammunition that the cannon was using.

    grapeshot (WR dictionary):
    a cluster of small cast-iron balls formerly used as a charge for a cannon.
    ammunition for cannons consisting of a canvas tube containing a cluster of small iron or lead balls that scatter after firing.


    The retort (the sound) was heard first and the grapeshot (the projectiles being fired) followed. It refers to one shot, or one instance of the cannon being fired.
     
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