By Robert Penn Warren
Warren's first novel, set in the course of the "tobacco wars" that raged in Kentucky and Tennessee within the early a part of this century. Percy Munn is one in all Warren's blameless idealists whose delusions develop into murderous as he makes an attempt to outline himself by way of motion within the unfolding violence round him. Southern Classics sequence.
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Christian stated. ‘He says’ — and he fastened his gaze significantly upon Mr. Christian, after which, in flip, upon the opposite males, ‘he says, “a villa in senatum arcessebatur et Curius et ceteri senes, exquo qui eos arcessebant viatores nominati sunt. ” ’ ‘Is truth? ’ demanded Mr. Christian. ‘It is,’ Professor Ball affirmed. ‘And the note “centurion,” again ——’ ‘Yes,’ healthcare professional MacDonald interrupted, ‘we figured “centurion” may perhaps confuse lots of people over in Hunter County, sounding kind of overseas how it does, and there being such a lot of overseas tobacco purchasers round right here. ’ ‘It’s within the Bible,’ Professor Ball acknowledged; ‘ “And Jesus stated unto the centurion, pass thy approach, and as thou hast believed, so be it performed unto thee. ” It’s within the Bible. ’ ‘Sure, sure,’ healthcare professional MacDonald granted amiably, ‘yes, sir. yet, now, no longer each guy over in Hunter County is nearly as good a Bible student as you, Professor, and it will possibly simply get loads of them tangled up. So “commander” feels like it would be greater. ’ ‘Maybe so,’ Professor Ball stated grudgingly. ‘And over the entire businesses there will be a first-rate. the boys in each band may choose their captain, and the captains may opt for their commanders, and the manager and his council could direct the coverage. That’s how it will be. And speedy, if it’s gonna do any sturdy. ’ ‘But careful,’ Professor Ball warned. ‘Only males of excellent identify. No blackguards and riffraff, basically necessary and good males with an outstanding identify of their group. That’s the type of males we’ve obtained joined up over in Hunter County. ’ ‘That’s right,’ surgeon MacDonald stated. ‘Only males of fine identify. And what we need you to do, Mr. Munn, is to provide us a number of names. And to talk to a couple males your self — type of sound them out, you recognize. it's possible you'll get a couple of to return in should you do, and take the oath whilst. ’ ‘The oath? ’ Mr. Munn requested. ‘You take an oath? ’ Professor Ball nodded gravely. ‘It could stick within the throat of no honorable man,’ he acknowledged. And he additional, ‘A sacred oath. ’ ‘We simply wish you to take advantage of your effect a bit, now,’ health care provider MacDonald stated. ‘And supply us a listing to be engaged on. ’ ‘I’ll provide you with a list,’ Mr. Munn promised, ‘but I won’t communicate to anyone until eventually after I’ve joined myself. until eventually after. I don’t recognize why, yet that’s simply the best way i think approximately it. ’ ‘That’s what it's possible you'll name a fine looking scruple,’ Professor Ball stated, nodding. ‘I continually appreciate a man’s scruples, whatsoe’er they be, while he names them and abides through them. ’ ‘But I’ll offer you a few names. If you’ll allow me have whatever to write down with, Mr. invoice. ’ Mr. Christian acquired a bit of paper, a bottle of ink, and a pen out of the tall, scroll-worked rosewood secretary within the nook, the door of which creaked while he opened it. He uncorked the bottle with palms that appeared too thick and impatient for the duty, and set it down close to Mr. Munn’s elbow, less than the yellow rays of the lamp. The marble of the table-top had faint, yellowish graining, and stains as of a fragile golden rust, which the sunshine emphasised. As Mr. Munn picked up the pen, he spotted the actual fact, and idly recollected how, while he first entered the home, the sunshine within the corridor had given the flesh of Lucille Christian’s face a golden tinge.