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  1. Artifex
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    To banish the air of the rustic

    Please, help me clarify the meaning of ''To banish the air of the rustic''.

    The position in which a soldier should move, determines that in which he should stand still. Too
    many methods cannot be used to supple the recruit, and banish the air of the rustic.

    (Source: RULES AND REGULATIONS
    FOR THE
    MANUAL and PLATOON EXERCISES,
    FORMATIONS, FIELD-EXERCISE,
    AND
    MOVEMENTS
    OF
    HIS MAJESTY'S FORCES.
    FOR THE USE OF THE
    NON-COMMISSIONED OFFICERS OF THE
    BRITISH ARMY. 1816)

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    Re: To banish the air of the rustic

    To stop the soldiers moving in ways that made them look like the peasants/farm labourers, which many would have been before becoming soldiers.

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