Wlliam Gilmore Simms
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Novel (Romance) | The Reprint Company | 1975, 1976
Transcription CHAPTER XII.
The convalescence of Walter Dunbar, under the judicious watch
and ministry of his aunt and sister, continued without interruption,
though some weeks elapsed before it was deemed safe to remove him
to his father's house upon the Sand Hills. Some weeks more were
required to put him fairly upon his legs, and restore him, in some
degree, to his former strength. His youth and a good constitution
finally prevailed for his full recuperation, though, in the case of a
mind so sensitive and delicately constituted, they did not suffice to
make him forgetful of the mortification of his defeat at the barbacue.
There was an element of self-esteem we should, perhaps, more
properly call it vanity which kept him sore on this subject, and it
was found among his friends that he had lost some portion of his
former good temper was irascible in conversation, and any reference
to the speech at the barbacue threw him into an irritable mood, in
which he did not seem to care to distinguish between his friends and
indifferent parties.
But the course pursued towards him had been, and continued to be,
soothing. Much indulgence was accorded to him, even by his father,
though the terms between them continued to be cold, and very un-
like their former relations. In the moment of the old man's appre-
hensions, and, when he feared the young man's death, the claims of
nature were permitted to prevail, and find recognition in his bosom;
but, with the passing of the crisis, the habitual arrogance, self-suffi-
ciency, and dictatorial will of the father reasserted themselves, and it
was perceived by all the family, that, though forbearing all offensive
speech, when the two had any intercourse together, the opportunities
for intercourse were not welcomed by the father, and a seeming dis-
trust of his public opinions doubtless rendered the latter averse to'
much or frequent communion with his son.