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.
Sapper Term Timeline in Translations
The timeline below shows where the term Sapper appears in Translations. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
...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