Wlliam Gilmore Simms
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Novel (Romance) | The Reprint Company | 1975, 1976
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The face of Drayton was a fine one. There was a sufficient height
and breadth of head for command. The eyes were full and clear,
with a mild, genial expression. The mouth was firm, with the lips
slightly inclined to compression; the nose was large, long, and in-
clining to the Roman. A white neck-cloth of clerical aspect, protrud-
ing ruffles of fine cambric at the shirt bosom, and a full suit of black
such was his costume, his small clothes being of silk, as were his
stockings, and he wore silver buckles in his shoes.
The hour had arrived. The crowd had ceased to be tumultuous.
There was something like order in consequence of the general ex-
pectation. This was shared by all parties, though as yet the lines
between parties had not been very clearly drawn or defined. This
day's events were looked to for bringing about this result. There
were parties present, however, about whom there could be no mis-
take. Some men are inevitably fixed by public opinion itself. Some
are as inevitably fixed by the habitual formation of opinion for them-
selves. Circumstance does its work with the greater number´┐Żcir-
cumstance and their supposed selfish interests.
Among those who were present on the ground, in all their
strength, were the loyalists men who, no matter what the circum-
stances, were committed to the Crown. A large proportion of these
were foreigners, and of these the Scotch was the more conspicuous
element. The Dunbar family, or rather the old man, the father, the
Camerons, Browne and others, who were always to be found at roll-
call; these were the types of the rest. They were all present, Dun-
bar, Browne, and many more; but not Cameron. He feared to show
himself, and as we have seen, had taken his departure under cover
of the night.
These men had taken position in near neighborhood to Drayton.
Young Dunbar was present, occupying a position between his father
and Browne. These two were but imperfectly assured of their own
orator. It was sufficiently evident to them that the duty imposed
upon Walter Dunbar, under the name of loyalty, was ungrateful to
the young man, and they sought, by such arts as they knew, to bolster
up his resolution, or rather to keep him to his enforced pledges.
On one hand, the father renewed his entreaties, always passionately
made, and warmed into anger in degree as his son showed himself