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Novel (Romance) | Redfield | 1854
Transcription 62 MELLICHAMPL.
THE British troopers, meanwhile, pursued their journey.
With an humility that knew its place, Blonay followed with
the hindmost, and showed no annoyance. though exposed to
the continual and coarse jests of those about him. He was be-
comingly indifferent, as he seemed perfectly insensible. The
termination of the day's journey was at length at hand. The
zigzag fences rose upon both sides of the road. The negro
settlement,. some thirty or forty log-dwellings, forming a square
to themselves, and each with its little enclosure, well stocked
with pigs, poultry, and the like, came in sight ; and beyond,
the eager eye of Barsfield distinguished, while his hand pointed
out to his companion,- the fine old avenue, long, overgrown, and
beautifully winding, which led to the mansion-house of the
Berkeley family.
There," said he, "is 'Piney Grove' such is the name of
the estate ; a name which it properly takes. from the avenue
which leads to it, the chief growth of which, as you will see,
is the field-pine. You will not see many like it in the country."
The troop halted at the entrance, which was soon thrown
open ; and, narrowing the form of their advance, they were in
a moment after hurrying along the shady passage which led
to the hospitable dwelling. Barsfield had said rightly to his
companion : there were not many avenues in the country like
that which they now pursued. A beautiful and popular fea-
ture, generally, in all the old country-estates of Carolina, the
avenue in question was yet of peculiar design. In the lower
regions, where the spreading and ponderous live-oak presents