- "Yea. I say yea... yea."
- — Tongue's "short prayer".
|Medium:||Television, Book, TV|
|Also known as:||Unknown|
In the Sharpe novels, Tongue is an educated man, but also slightly alcoholic. He could recite passages from the Bible and was one of the few soldiers who was able to read. He was killed in Sharpe's Gold.
In the TV series, Tongue was a dim-witted lad who did not even know what town he came from. He did not seem to have had any previous occupation before joining the army. Sharpe first encountered him in Sharpe's Rifles, when Tongue raised his rifle at him, thinking he was an intruder. Tongue seemed to be a capable soldier in combat. His fate remains unknown; he disappeared from the series after the second episode, Sharpe's Eagle.