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There was a sudden retort from a cannon, followed by grapeshot.
by Joe Clark - Wednesday, 13 September 2017, 07:43 PM
 
Dear all,
this is from the novel The Many Lives & Secret Sorrows of Josephine B. by Sandra Gulland.

There was a sudden retort from a cannon, followed by grapeshot.

Is grapeshot a report of a cannon or sound of grapeshots hitting walls, trees etc.? In other words how many shots are mentioned in the sentence in question?

Please Help.
Thanks !
I didn't find the right solution from the internet.
References:
-https://forum.wordreference.com/threads/there-was-a-sudden-retort-from-a-cannon-followed-by-grapeshot.3366556/
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