Wlliam Gilmore Simms
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Novel (Romance) | Redfield | 1854
Transcription 296 SOUTHWARD Ho !
Why, wha' you fink dose tory say to me, Brough ?"
Wha' he say, woman ?"
He say he gwine gib me hundred lash of I no get he breck-
kus [breakfast] by day peep in de morning !"
De tory wha' put hick'ry 'pon you' back, chicken, he hab
answer to Brough."
You gwine fight for me, Brough ?"
Wid gun and bagnet, my chicken."
Ali, I blieb you, Brough ; you was always lub me wid you'
sperrit !"
Enty you blieb ? You will see some day ! You got 'nocler
piece of bacon in de pot, Mimy ? Dis hom'ny 'mos' too dry in
de t'roat."
Leetle piece."
Gi' me."
His creature wants were accordingly supplied. We must not
forget that the dialogue was carried on in the intervals in which
be paused from eating the supper which, in anticipation of his
coming, the old woman had provided. Then followed the reca-
pitulation of the narrative ; details being furnished which showed
that Dunbar, desperate from opposition to his will, had thrown
off the restraints of social fear and decency, and was urging his
measures against old Sabb and his daughter with tyrannical se-
verity. He had given the old man a sufficient taste of his power,
enough to make him dread the exercise of what remained. This
rendered him now, what he had never been before, the advocate
himself with his daughter in behalf of the loyalist. Sabb's vir-
tue was not of a self-sacrificing nature. IIe was not a bad man
�was rather what the world esteems a good one. He was just,
as well as he knew to be, in his dealings with a neighbor; was
not wanting in that charity which, having first ascertained its
own excess of goods, gives a certain proportion to the needy;
he had offerings for the church, and solicited its prayers. But
he had not the courage and strength of character to be virtuous
in spite of circumstances. In plain language, he valued the se-
curities and enjoyments of his homestead, even at the peril of
his daughter's happiness. IIe urged, with tears and reproaches,
that soon became vehement, the suit of Dunbar, as if it had been
his own ; and even his good vrow Minnicker Sabb, overwhelmed