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Brian Friel

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A soldier who performs military engineering duties such as constructing and repairing roads, laying and clearing minefields, and other tasks that support troop movement and defense. Characters throughout Translations frequently refer to Lancey, Yolland, and the other British soldiers in the area as sappers.
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Sapper Term Timeline in Translations

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Act 1
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...has six servants. He says he travelled from Dublin with Lieutenant Yolland, one of the sappers in charge of re-naming places in Baile Beag. He has also brought Captain Lancey, the... (full context)
Act 2, Scene 1
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It is a few days later, and the “sappers” have proceeded with mapping much of the area. Owen is primarily doing Yolland’s job, which... (full context)
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...Owen “Roland” before revealing that Lancey thinks they are not working fast enough, since the sappers leave at the end of the week. Yolland proudly asserts that he stood up to... (full context)