Wlliam Gilmore Simms
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Novel (Romance) | Redfield | 1854
Transcription Tii1 HALE-BREED TRAILS HIS ENEMY. 145
BARSFIELD ordered a guard of ten men, and prepared to ride
over to the Kaddipah" plantation�the reward of his good
services in the tory warfare. The distance between the two
places was but five miles ; and, in the present prostrate con-
dition of Carolina affairs, ten men were deemed quite ade-
quate for his protection. They might not have been, had the
swamp fox" been warned of his riding soon enough to have
prepared a reception. Clayton. was left in charge of the troop ;
and in no very pleasant humor did the tory proceed to leave
the mansion of Mr. Berkeley. He had not, of late years, been
much accustomed to contradictions of any sort ; and his
recent elevation, as an officer of the British army, tended still
more to make him restiff under restraint or opposition. He
was disappointed in the effect which he had promised himself
to produce upon the mind of Janet Berkeley, from a. display
of the power of which he was possessed, and still more annoyed
at the cool, sarcastic temper which she had shown during their
conference. Her frank avowal of the interest which she felt
in Mellichampe the calm indifference with which she listened
to his remarks upon the nocturnal interview with her lover
and the consequences of that interview to himself�these
were all matters calculated to vex and imbitter his mood, as
he rode forth from the spot in which they had taken place.
His manner was stern, accordingly, to his lieutenant, Clayton,
while giving him his orders, and haughty, in the last degree,
to the men under him. Not so, however, was his treatment of
Blonay, whom he heard calling familiarly to his dog, and who