Sharpe's Justice (1997)

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With the war over Sharpe returns to England to find Jane and her lover Rossendale. However, he finds himself commissioned to the Scarsdale Yeomanry in Yorkshire, owned by mill-owner and self-made man Parfitt, in the area where Sharpe was brought up in a workhouse. Parfitt wishes to curtail local activist Matt Truman, who has been making speeches against the social system, government and treatment of workers, and there have been incidences of machine-breaking and arson in the local mills. Sharpe is humiliated by Wickham, the young Captain of the Yeomanry, in a fencing match at a party, and when Sharpe, Harper and the Yeomanry go to break up a gathering in the square, he disobeys Sharpe's orders and attacks the people there. Sharpe and Harper try to save the unarmed people from Wickham and his men's onslaught with sabres, but the incident causes a lot of resentment towards Sharpe from the locals. Meanwhile Jane and Rossendale also arrive in the area after the latter inherits a house and land from an aunt. Sharpe continues to press for the return of his money and Rossendale begins to get involved with Parfitt. Sharpe's old friend Sally reveals to him that Truman is actually his half-brother, and Lady Anne, who has been staying at Parfitt's, hints that the local attacks have been down to Parfitt trying to weaken rivals in order to buy them out cheap. Truman is killed and Sharpe and Harper find themselves on the run after being found in his company. They plan to unmask Parfitt's role in local attacks and counter-attack the men who waylay a machine that is en route to a local mill. These are revealed to be Wickham and his men, and Parfitt is made to clear Sharpe's name with Horse Guards. Jane tries to get Sharpe to leave her and Rossendale alone, her previous love having now turned to hatred.

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