In a moment the men came running gaily from their campfires and began loading.
Near by, the campfires were dimly burning among the French Guards, and in the distance those of the Russian line shone through the smoke.
Bonaparte himself, not trusting to his generals, moved with all the Guards to the field of battle, afraid of letting a ready victim escape, and Bagration's four thousand men merrily lighted campfires, dried and warmed themselves, cooked their porridge for the first time for three days, and not one of them knew or imagined what was in store for him.
Just facing it, on the crest of the opposite hill, the village of Schon Grabern could be seen, and in three places to left and right the French troops amid the smoke of their campfires, the greater part of whom were evidently in the village itself and behind the hill.
The campfires crackled and the soldiers' songs resounded even more merrily than on the previous night.