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TheProjectGutenbergEBookofAndrewtheGlad,byMariaThompsonDaviess ThiseBookisfortheuseofanyoneanywhereatnocostandwithalmostno restrictionswhatsoever Youmaycopyit,giveitawayorre-useitunderthe termsoftheProjectGutenbergLicenseincludedwiththiseBookoronlineat www.gutenberg.net Title:AndrewtheGlad Author:MariaThompsonDaviess ReleaseDate:October9,2004[EBook#13679] Language:English ***STARTOFTHISPROJECTGUTENBERGEBOOKANDREWTHE GLAD*** ProducedbyCurtisWeyant,MaryMeehanandtheOnlineDistributed ProofreadingTeam AndrewtheGlad ByMARIATHOMPSONDAVIESS AuthorofMissSelinaLue,RoseofOldHarpethTheMeltingofMolly,etc 1913 TOLIBBIELUTTRELLMORROW CONTENTS CHAPTER ITHEHEARTTRAP IITHERITUAL IIITWOLITTLECRIMES IVACCORDINGTOSOLOMON VDAVID'SROSEANDSOMETHORNS VITHEBRIDGEOFDREAMS VIISTRANGEWILDTHINGS VIIITHESPELLANDITSWEAVING IXPURSUINGTHEPOSSUM XLOVE'SHOMEANDANDREWSEVIER XIACROSSTHEMANYWATERS ANDREWTHEGLAD CHAPTERI THEHEARTTRAP "Therearesomewomenwhowillbrewmysteryfromthedecoctionofevena verysimplelife Matildaisoneofthem,"remarkedthemajortohimselfashe filledhispipeandsettledhimselfbeforehishigh-piled,violet-flamedlogs "It waswaxingstronginherthismorningandanexcitementwillarriveshortly NowIwonder—" "Howdy,Major,"cameinamockinglylugubriousvoicefromthehall,andDavid Kildareblewintotheroom Helookeddisappointedlyaround,droppedintoa chairandloweredhisvoiceanothernote "SeenPhoebe?"hedemanded "No,haven'tyou?"answeredthemajorashelightedhispipeandregardedthe manoppositehimwithalargesmileofwelcome "Notforthreedays,hand-running She'sbeenovertoseeAndywithMrs Matildatwice,andI'vemissedherbothtimes Now,how'sthatforluck?" "Well,"saidthemajorreflectively,"inthetermsofmodernparlance,you certainlyareupagainstit Anddiditeveroccurtoyouthatamanwiththreeribs brokenandadislocatedcollar-bone,whohaswrittenaplayandasprinkleof poems,islikelytointerestPhoebeDonelsonenormously?Thereisnothinglike poetrytoimplantadivinepassion,andAndrewisundoubtedlyofpoeticstamp." "Oh,poetry—hang!It'smoreAndy'sthreeribsthananythingelse Hejustlooks paleandsmilesatallof'em Healwaysdidhaveyellowdogeyes,thesadkind I'dliketosmashalltwodozenofhisribs,"andKildareslashedathisownsturdy legswithhiscrop Hehaddroppedinwithhisusualmorning'staleofwoeto confidetoMajorBuchanan,andhehadfoundhim,asalways,readytohandout anincendiarybrandofsympathy "Heoughtnottohavemorethantwenty-three;oneontherightsideshouldbe missing Somewoman'sgotit—maybePhoebe,"saidthemajorwithdeadly intent "Nothingofthekind I'mshyaribmyselfandPhoebeisit Don'tIgetapainin mysideeverytimeIseeher?It'stherealpsychicthing,onlyshedoesn'tseemto getholdofherendofthewirelikeshemight." "Don'ttrusther,David,don'ttrusther!YouseehisbeinginjuredinPanama, buildingbridgesforhiscountry,whileyousathereidlyreadingthenewspapers aboutit,hashaditsappeal Iknowit'sdangerous,butyououghttowantPhoebe tosoothehisfeveredbrow NothingistoogoodforaherothissideofMasonand Dixon's,myson."Themajoreyedhisvictimwithcalculatingcoolness,gaging justhowmuchmoreofthebaitinghewouldstand Hewasdisappointedtosee thatthetrainofexplosiveshehadlaidfailedtotakefire "Well,he'sbeinghandedoutachoicebunchofMason-Dixonattentions They aregivinghimthecheer-upalldaylong WhenIleft,Mrs Shelbywasupthere talkingtohim,andMrs CherryLawrenceandTomhadjustcomein Mrs Cherryhadbroughthimseveralfresheggs ShehadgotthemfromPhoebe!I sentthemtoherfromthefarmthismorning Rodeoutandcoaxedthehensfor themmyself Now,isn'tabrainstormuptome?" "Well,Idon'tknow,"answeredthemajorinajudicialtoneofvoice "Youwouldn'thavethemneglecthim,wouldyou?" "Well,whataboutme?"demandedDaviddolefully "Ihaven'tanygreeneyes, 'causeI'mtrustingAndy,notPhoebe;butneglectisjustwitheringmyleaves I haven'tseenheralonefortwoweeks SheisalwaysovertherewithMrs Matilda andtherest'soothingthefeveredbrow.'Say,Major,giveMrs Matildathehint Thechumpisn'treallysickanymore Hintthatalittleless—" "David,sir,"interruptedthemajor,"ittakesmorethanahinttostopawoman whenshetakesanotiontonurseanattractiveman,asickliononeatthat And dependuponit,itisthepoetrythatmakesthemhoverhim,nottheribs." "Well,youjuststopherandthat'llstopthem,"saidDavidwrathfully "DavidKildare,"answeredthemajordryly,"I'vebeenmarriedtohernearlyforty yearsandI'veneverstoppedherdoinganythingyet Stoppingawifeisoneof thebride-notionsamanhadbettergiveupearlyinthematrimonialstate—ifhe expectstoholdthebride Andbride-holdingoughttobethelife-jobofaman whoisrashenoughtoundertakeone." "DoyouthinkPhoebeandbridewilleverrhymetogether,Major?"askedDavid inatoneofdeepestdepression "Ican'tseemtohearthemeverjingle." "Yes,Dave,theAlmightywillmeteritouttohersomeday,andIhopeHewill helpyouwhenHedoes Ican'tmanagemywife She'samodernwoman Now, whatarewegoingtodoaboutthem?"andthemajorsmiledquizzicallyatthe perturbedyoungmanstandingontheruginfrontofthefire "Well,"answeredKildarewithasparkinhiseyes,ashefleckedabitofmud fromhisbootswhichweresplashedfromhismorningride,"whenIgetPhoebe Donelson,I'mgoingtowhipher!"Andverybroadandtallandstrongwasyoung Davidbutnotintheleastformidableastoexpression "Dave,myboy,"answeredthemajorinatoneofthedeepestrespect,"Ihopeyou willdoit,ifyougetthechance;butyouwon't!Thirty-eightyearsagolast summerIfeltthesameway,butI'vehadalongtimetomakeupmymindtoit; andIhaven'tdoneityet." "Anyway,"rejoinedhisvictim,"there'sjustthistoit;shehasgottoacceptme kindly,affectionatelyandinaladylikemannerorI'mgoingtobethevillainand makesomesortofaroughhousetofrightenherintoit." "David,"saidthemajorwithemphasis,"don'tcountonfrighteningawomaninto acomplianceinanaffairoftheaffections Don'tyouknowtheywillriskhaving theirheartssuspendedonahair-linebetweenheavenandhellandenjoyit?Now, mywife—" "Oh,Mrs Matildanevercouldhavebeenlikethat,"interruptedDavidmiserably "Boy,"answeredthemajorsolemnly,"ifIweretogiveyouasuccinctaccountof thewrithingsofmysoulonesummeroveraCaliforniaman,theagonyyouare enduringwouldseemtheextremityofinsignificance." "Heavenlyhope,Major,didyouhavetogoupagainsttheothermangame,too? IseemtohavebeenstandingbywithabasketpickingupchipsofPhoebe's loversforalonglifetime;Tom,Hob,Payt,widowersandflocksofnewfledges ButIhadanideathatyoumusthavebeenafirst-and-onlywithMrs Matilda." "Well,itsometimeshappens,David,thattheindividualityofallofawoman's firstlovesgetsomergedintothatofthelastthatitwouldbedifficultforherto differentiatethemherself;anditisbesttokeepherhappilyemployedsoshe doesn'ttry." "Well,allIcansayforyou,Major,"interruptedKildarewithalaugh,"isthat yourfortyyears'workshowssome YourMrs BuchananiswhatIcallafinished productofawife I'llneverdoitintheworld Icangetupandtalkajuryinto seeingthingsmyway,butIgetcross-brainedwhenIgotoputthingstoPhoebe Thatremindsme,thatcaseonoldJimCrossforgettingtangledupwithsome fussyhensinLatimer'shen-houseweekbeforelastiscalledforto-dayattwelve sharp I'mduetoputtheoldbodythroughandpaythefineandcosts;onlythe thirdtimethisyear I'mthinkingofbuyinghimahenfarmtosavemyself trouble Good-by,sir!" "David,David,"laughedthemajor,"bewareofyourgrowingresponsibilities! CapHobsonreportedthatsensationofyoursbeforethegrandjuryoverthat negroandpolicemantrouble Thedarkieswillputupyourportraitbesidethatof FatherAbeonEmancipationDayandyouwillbeindangerofpassingdownto posteritybythepublic-spirit-famechute Yourrecordwillbeintheannalsofthe cityifyoudon'tmind!" "Notmuchdanger,Major,"answeredDavidwithasmile "I'mjustagladman withnotbalanceenoughtoruntherailofanykindofheavytrackaffairs." "David,"saidthemajorwithasuddensadnesscomingintohisvoiceandeyes, "oneofthegreatestmenIeverknewwecalledthegladman—theboy'sfather, AndrewSevier WecalledhimAndrew,theGlad Somethinghasbroughtitall backtometo-dayandwithyourlaughyouremindedmeofhim Thetragedyof itall!" "I'vealwaysknownwhatasorrowitwastoyou,Major,anditisthebitterness thatiseatingtheheartoutofAndy Whatwasitallaboutexactly,sir?Ihave alwayswantedtoaskyou."Davidlookedintothemajor'ssternoldeyeswith suchadepthofsympathyinhisyoungonesthatabarriersuddenlymeltedand withthetoneofbestowinganhonortheoldfire-eatertoldthetaleofthesorrow ofhisyouth "Gamingwasinhisblood,David,andweallknewitandprotectedhimfrom highplayalways Wewereimpoverishedgentlemen,whowerebuildingfences andrestoringwar-devastatedlands,andweplayedinourshabbyclubwitha minimumstakeandamaximumzestforthesport Butthatnightwehadno controloverhim HehadbeenplayinginsecretwithPetersBrownforweeks andhadlostheavily Whenwehadclosedupthegame,hecalledforthediceand challengedBrowntosquaretheiraccount Theythrewagainandagainwithluck onthesamegrimside Isawhimstakefirsthishorses,thenhisbankaccount, andlose "HayesDonelsonandIstartedtoremonstratebuthesilenceduswithalook ThenhedrewahurriedtransferenceofhisUpperCumberlandpropertyandput itonthetable Theythrewagainandhelost!Thenhesmiledandwithasteady handwroteaconveyanceofhishomeandplantation,thelastthingshehad,as weknew,andlaidthatonthetable." "No,Major,"exclaimedDavidwithpositivehorrorinhisvoice "Yes,itwasmadness,boy,"answeredthemajor "Brownturnedhisivoriesand weallheldourbreathaswereadhisfour-three AmadjoyflamedinAndrew's faceandheturnedhiscupwithasteadywrist—androlledthrees Wenoneofus lookedatBrown,amanwhohadledanothermaninwhoseveinsranamadness, whereinhisranice,ontohisruin WefollowedAndrewtothestreettoseehim rideawayinagraydrizzletoagambledhome—andawifeandson "Thatmorningdeedsweredrawn,signed,witnessedanddeliveredtoBrownin hisoffice Then—then"—themajor'sthin,powerfuloldhandsgraspedthearm ofhischair—"wefoundhiminthetwilightundertheclumpofcedarsthat crownedthehillwhichoverlookedDeep-meadFarm—broadacresoflandthat theSeviershadhadgrantedthemfromVirginia—dead,hispistolunderhis shoulderandasmileonhisface Justsohehadlookedasherodeattheheadof ourcrackgrayregimentinthathell-reekingchargeatPerryville,anditwassuch asmilewehadfollowedintothetrenchesatFranklin Stalwart,dashing,joyous Andrew,howwehadalllovedhim,ourman-of-smiles!" "Cananythingevermakeituptoyou,Major?"askedDavidsoftly Ashespoke "Love,"hewhisperedafteralongtime,"Iknowthisisjustadream—I'vehad 'emfortenyears—butdon'tletanybodywakeme!" TowhichpleaPhoebewasmakingthetenderestofresponses,whenthedoor burstopenandBillyBobshotintotheroom "Hip!hip!"heyelledatthetopofhisvoice,"sixhundredandtenpluralityand allfromthetwocoonwards—countallinandverified—nodifferencenowhow theothersgoand—"Hepausedandthesituationdawneduponhimallinaheap asPhoebehidherheadagainstDavid'scollar "Davie,"heremarkedinsubdued tones,"you're'lected,butIdon'ts'poseyoucare!" "Goaway,BillyBob,don'tyouseeI'mbusy?"answeredDavidasherosetohis feet,keepingPhoebestillembracedasshestoodbesidehim "JerusalemtheGolden!Haveyoucorneredheaven,David?"gaspedBillyBob againrisingtothesurface "Help,somebody,help!"Atwhichexactminute MistakesucceededindispossessingCrimieofthelasttattersoftheadventuresof thebearsandthusbringingdownuponthemallatumultofdistraction BillyBobcaughtuptheroarerandthrewhimalmostuptotheceiling "Hurrah forDave!"hesaid,andtothebestofhisabilityCrimie"hurrahed"while Mistakejoinedinenthusiastically Thehubbubatlastpenetratedtheslumbersof thetwins,whoaddedtotheuproartosuchanextentthatMammyBettyhurried tothesceneofactionandclearedthedeckwithoutfurtherdelay "And,"continuedBillyBobtoMillyandthepairofsereneandonlyslightly attentiveyoungpeople,"youshouldhaveseenJeff,dressedinDave'slastyear frockcoatandhighhat,whizzingaroundthecoonhauntsinCaroline'sgraycar handingoutinvitationstotheChocolateCountryClubjamboree!Theyputthe bottleandthedimescompletelyoutofbusinessandhevotedthewholegang straight TheytriedhardtofixupthereturnsbutHobandIwereatthecountand wesawitclean Holysmoke,whatasellforthemachine!Slippedacogonthe niggervotethattheyhavehandledforyears!" "Andnotadollarspent!"saidDavidwithpride Whichgoestoshowthatat timeswomenkeeptheirowncounsels,forPhoebeduckedherheadtohidea smile "Andnowit'suptoyoutohurryandgettotheUniversityClubbyeight-thirty Youaretoaddressthepopulaceandtwobrassbandsfromthenortheastwindow atninesharp—twoextrasoutannouncingit Everybodyhasbeenlookingfor youanhour,youoldmoon-spooner,you!"urgedBillyBob "Theycankeepupthehunt—PhoebeandIaregoing—well,wearegoingwhere nobodycanfindusforthiseveninganyway,"answeredDavidwithdangerinhis eyes "No!"saidPhoebeassheslippedherhandintohis,"I'vehadyouaslongasis fairasitis Won'tyougoandseethemall?IfyouwillIwilldressinahurryand youcancomebyforme Please!" "Don'tpullbackontheleash,David,"remarkedBillyBob "It'sjustbeginning Trottoheelandbehappy."HelaidhisarmroundMilly'swaistashespokeand gaveheralittlesqueeze Anditwasintothemidstofagloriousround-upofawholejoyousconventionof friendsthatDavidKildaresteppedseveralhourslater,aresplendentand magnificentDavidwithPhoebeglowingbesidehim And,too,itwasnotonly hisownhighparticularsthatsurgedaroundhim,forPhoebehadfixeditwiththe boardofgovernorsandmadeoutaverycarefullistofeverycampaignfriendhe hadmadeandhadallthegirlsatthephonesforhoursinvitingeachandevery one IfatanytimeinhispoliticalcareerDavidKildareshouldlackthefarvision Phoebewasfullycapableoftakingalongsightforhim SoMikeO'Rourkewasthere,stuffedcarefullyintoarenteddresssuitandwas beingattentionedtothepointofcombustionbyPolly,whowasthusputtingoffa reckoningwithyoungNewEngland,promisedfor"aftertheelection."Freckles, thedevil,washavingthelarkofhislifeinremovinghatsandcoatsunderthe directionofanextremelydignifiedclubofficial Thereweremenfromthedown-towndistrictinplainbusinessclotheswhostood inexcitedgroupsdiscussingtheissuesoftheday Theheadofthecottonmills, whohadvotedeveryemployeeperfectlyinlinewithoutcoercion,was expatiatinglargelytofouroldfellowsingray,forwhomCaphadsucceededin obtainingfurloughsfromthecommandantoutattheHomeandwaskeeping overnightashisguests Theyalsowerehavingthelarkoftheiryounglivesand werebeingoverwhelmedbyattentionsfromalltheConfederateDamespresent SusieCarriewaswonderfulinsomedangerouslycontrivedGreekdraperies,and overbythewindowheldcourtonthesubjectofacitybeautifulunderacouncil ofartisticcityfathers SheannouncedthebeginningofsittingsforafulllifesizedportraitofJudgeKildareforthecityhall,atwhichBillyBobraisedsucha cheerasalmosttodrownouttheorchestra Mrs BuchananreceivedeverybodywiththemostbeamingdelightandMrs ShelbywassoexcitedthatsheaskedBillyBobaboutthechildren,which concessionbroughtthestarstoMilly'sgentleeyes Mrs Cherry,asusual,wasinfullandresplendentregaliawithTomin attendance,displayingasatisfiedandmasterfulmannerthattolditsowntale HeramazingencounterwithTempiehadremainedasecretbetweenherandthe discreetoldnegroandhermannertoCarolineDarrahwassoimpressively cordialthatPhoebeactuallyunbenttotheextentofanexchangeof congratulationsthathadasemblanceoffriendliness Thewidow'snethaving hauledupTom,hopesforuntroubledwatersagaincouldbeindulged Inthemidstofallthehilaritythedelegationsandthebandsbegantoarrive outside Thecheeringrosetoaroarandfromthebrilliantlylightedballroom DavidKildaresteppedoutonthebalconyandstoodforty-fiveminuteslaughing andbowing,notmanagingtogetinmorethanafewwordsofwhatmighthave beenagreatspeechifhisconstituencyhadnotbeenentirelytooexcitedtolisten toit ItwasalmostmidnightwhentheyallmarchedawaytoDixieplayedtorag-time measureandsungbyfivehundredstrong WithasighofreliefDavidheldout hisarmstoPhoebeandstartedtoswingherintothewhirlofthedancers Ashis armsfellaboutherPhoebepressedclosetohimwithaquickbreathandhiseyes followedhersacrosstheroom UnderthelightsthathungabovetheentrancetothefernroomstoodCaroline Darrahlikeaflowerblownagainstthedeepgreenofthetallpalmsbehindher, andhereyeswereliftedtoAndrew'sfacewhichsmileddownatherwith suppressedtragedy Foraninstantshelaidherhandonhisarmandtheywere abouttocatchstepwiththemusicwhensuddenlysheswungaroundintothe greentanglebeyondherandreachedoutherhandtodrawhimafterher "Pray,David,pray,"saidPhoebeastheyglidedoverthepolishedfloor "Iam,"Davidwhisperedbackashisarmstightened "Ican'tthinkofanything but'NowIlayme'—butwon'tithelp?" InthewidewindowattheendofthelongroomCarolineturnedandwaitedfor Andrew Thelightsfromthecitybeatupintoherfaceandshewaspale,while herjeweleyesshoneblackundertheirlonglashes Herwhiteglovedhands wrungthemselvesagainsthisbreastassheheldhimfromher "Outtherewhilewedanced,"shewhispered,"Idon'tknowwhat,butsomething toldmethatyouaregoingtoleavemeandnottellmewhy Youweresaying good-bytomyheart—withyours Tellme,whatisit?" Andwithfullknowledgeofthestrange,subtle,superconsciousthingthathad beenbetweenthemfromthefirstandwhichhadmanifesteditselfindevious mysticways,AndrewSevierhaddaredtothinkhecouldholdherinhisarmsin anatmospherechargedwiththecallofahalf-barbarousmusicandtakefarewell ofher—sheallunknowingofwhatthreatened! "Whatisit?"shedemandedagainandherhandsseparatedtoclasphisshoulder convulsively Herwordswereaflutterbetweenherteeth ThentheGodofWomenstrucklightacrosshisblindness,andtakingherinhis arms,helookedherstraightintheeyesandtoldherthewholegruesomebitter tale Beforehehadfinishedsheclosedhereyesagainsthisandswayedaway fromhimtothecoldwindow-pane "Isee,"shewhispered,"youdon'twantme—youcouldn't—you—never—did!" AndatthatinstantthebloodbondinAndrewSevier'sbreastsnappedandwith anawedcomprehensionofthevastandeverlastingSourcefromwhichflowsthe lovethatconstrainsandthelovethatheals,thelovethatonlycomestobindin honor,hereachedoutandtookhisown Intheseventhheavenwhichisthesoul hauntofallinlikecase,therewasnoneedofwordmating Hourslater,onebyonethelightsinthehousesalongtheavenuetwinkledout andthestreetlayinthegraspoftheaftermidnightsilence Onlyabrightlight stillburnedatthemajor'stable,whichwaspiledhighwithbooksintowhichhe wasdelvingwiththehungerofmanylonghoursofdeprivationstronguponhim Hehadscoutedtheideaoftheball,haddonneddressing-gownandslippersand gonebacktothecompanyofhisImmortalswithalacrity OntheirreturnMrs Buchananandthegirlshadfoundhimburiedinhistomestendeepanditwas withdifficultythatPhoebe,kneelingbesidehimononeside,andCarolineonthe other,madehimlistentotheirjointtaleofmodernromance,towhichMrs Matildaplayedthepartofajoyouscommentator ToPhoebehewasmercilessandawarofwitsmadethelibraryechowithits giveandtake "Ofcourse,mydearPhoebe,"hesaid,"itisanestablishedfactthatamanand hiswifeareone,andifyouwilljustletthatonebeJudgeKildaresemioccasionallyitwillmorethancontenthim,I'msure." "Why,Major,can'tyoutrustmetobeagood—wifetoDavid?Don'tbeunkind tome!I'llpromiseto—to—" "Don't,Phoebe,don't!That'love,honorandobey'clauseisthedirectcauseofall thewomanlegislationeverundertaken—anditholdsaremarkablyshorttime aftermarriageasageneralthing Nowthere'sMatilda—foroverthirty-fiveyears I've—ButwhereisAndrew?"hedemandedanxiously "Andy,"answeredDavidwiththegreatestdelightinhishappyeyesandthered lockrampantoverhisbrow,"issittingontheendofahardbenchdownatthe telegraphofficetryingtogetacablethroughtohischiefforpermissiontowait overforasteamerthatsailsforPanamatwoweeksfromto-day." "What?"demandedthemajorinsurprise,lookingatCaroline "Oh,she'sgoingwithhim—therearenofrillstotheaffectionofCaroline Darrah!She'llbebendingoverhiscamp-fireyankingouthishottamalesinless thanamonth—gladtodoit Won'tyou,beautiful?"answeredDavidgleefullyto Caroline'sbeautifulconfusion "DavidKildare,"observedthemajorwiththeutmostsolemnity,"whenaman andwomanembarkwithloveattherudderitiswelltheAlmightycontrolsthe windandthetides." "Iknow,Major,IknowandI'mscaredsome,onlyI'mcountingonPhoebe's chartandthestars I'mjustthejollypaddler,"answeredDavidwithalaugh acrossatPhoebe "Well,"remarkedthemajorjudicially,"Ithinkshewillbeabletoaccomplishthe courseifundisturbed Itwillbehooveyou,however,torememberthathusband loveisasteadycombustion,notaconflagration." "Whatdoyoucallalovethathasburnedconstantlyforbetweentenandfifteen years,Major?"askedDavidashesmiledintothekeenoldeyesthatheldhis "That,"answeredthemajor,"isafirefittolightanaltar,sir." "Andinmyheart,ah,Major,canyoutrustme—tokeep—itburning?"said Phoebe,thusmakingheravowalbeforethemallwithgallantvoiceandeyesof thedawn MomentslaterafterPhoebeandMrs Buchananhadretireddownthehall,and upthestairway,CarolineDarrahstillkneltbythemajor'schair Theywereboth silentandthemajorheldherhandinhis Theyneitherofthemheardthelatch keyandinamomentAndrewSevierstoodacrossthefirelightfromthem "Iwantedtohearit,Major,"heentreatedashelaidhishandonCaroline's shoulderwhenshecametohissideandheldouthisothertothemajor "Sayit,if youwill,sir!" "TheAlmightyblessyou,boy,andmakeHissuntoshineuponyou Heisdoing itingivingyouCarolinetowife SomewomenHeholdsashostagesuntilthe greatermeninuscanrisetoclaimthemandto-nightHiseyeshaveseenyour fulfilment."Themajorlookedstraightintothepain-ravagedbutradiantface beforehimandhiskeenoldeyesglowedthroughthemistthatspreadacross them "Child,"hesaidafteramoment'ssilenceashelaidhishandonCaroline'sother shoulder,"acrossthemanywatersthatcannotdrownloveyouhavebrought backtomyoldageyoungAndrewtheGlad." 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