"Plodding, plodding, plodding," grumbled von Topfsange, "Does this paperwork never end? I should be leading a regiment or two of cavalry on those blasted maneuvers!" As the major continued to read through another one of the seemingly endless form letters, signing and stamping it with a government seal before placing it in the outgoing letter tray on his tiny escritoire, he ground his teeth together in frustration, an activity in which he has indulged all week.
"And I've chewed through three clay pipe stems in the last seven days!" fumed von Topfsange testily.
Naturally, the visit will also involve a some sort of tactical challenge on the wargaming table, an activity that is always a part of these visits. Perhaps young von Topfsange will best the older, craftier Colonel this year?
"And maybe the ravishing Viviane l'Vivandiere will join me to count the stars a time or three," reflected von Topfsange merrily, signing and stamping another form with great flourish.