By Robert Penn Warren
Warren's first novel, set through the "tobacco wars" that raged in Kentucky and Tennessee within the early a part of this century. Percy Munn is one in every of Warren's blameless idealists whose delusions develop into murderous as he makes an attempt to outline himself through motion within the unfolding violence round him. Southern Classics sequence.
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That love have been, for greater than a 12 months, something in itself, trigger from different issues via its fullness and completeness and poise. Now which may scarcely be acknowledged with fact any further, for the affection appeared not an finish and a gift, yet a starting and, despite the fact that enthralling and satisfied, a role, no longer an entire yet part of an entire which he couldn't see, now not a poise yet a movement, blind although candy, towards a few unforetellable goal. It was once now not the reply, because it had as soon as appeared, however the query. protecting might on his lap, as whilst he advised her the tale of the outdated guy, he may shut his eyes and bend to kiss her neck, burying his face within the curve of flesh the place the neck joined the shoulder. Or he might grab her in his hands and press her to him so tightly that he may well believe the resilience of her ribs giving, as if by way of this small cruelty he could extort the delight and the best coverage to not be had simply by way of love. ‘Don’t, Perse,’ she may then gasp out; ‘don’t, now not that method! ’ He wouldn't relieve the strain in the least, a small germ of hardness sprouting in his brain, in order that her phrases appeared addressed to another individual, no longer intended for him, impersonally overheard. Then, whilst she might back say, breathlessly, ‘Don’t, Perse,’ he may slacken his carry, feeling as he did so virtually a touch of sadness at the back of the very fact of his excitement in her. ‘I love you so much,’ he might say. ‘I love you, Perse,’ she could resolution. Or status along with her ahead of the hearth at evening, or within the backyard lower than the unleafing timber on a Sunday afternoon, he may all at once clutch her together with her shoulders among his palms and carry her out from him, staring into her eyes, and shake her a bit, as one shakes a sullen baby to make it communicate and inform the reality. yet there has been not anything for her to inform. He didn't even be aware of what he desired to listen her say. What she really could say was once, ‘I love you, Perse. ’ That used to be adequate, and never adequate. however the related expectation of discovery and success that got here on waking, or compelled him to aim to inform could a few incident or to understand her shoulders among his palms, made him occasionally cease for a cut up fast, subconscious of himself, and scrutinize the face of somebody with whom he was once conversing. They stated an analogous issues now as they, or people, had acknowledged ahead of during this exact same place of work. They have been in difficulty. they'd quarreled with some other person over funds or land or livestock. they can now not stay with their better halves or husbands. They anticipated loss of life and desired to make their wills. Listening all of the whereas with expert care to their phrases, he watched their faces and used to be conscious of anything at the back of the phrases and faces, anything that was once unnamed for all their speak. while, again in the midst of the summer time, he had noticeable Bunk Trevelyan’s spouse for the 1st time, he had now not spotted her in any respect as someone and will now not have acknowledged even if her face used to be sadder than one other. Sitting in his place of work, her small, dry-clay-colored palms clasped including a painful stillness at the lap of her pale and sun-streaked blue crêpe-de-Chine gown, she were like different ladies who had sat there, wearing their reliable outfits for the celebration, and advised him their issues in exactly this kind of useless, monotonous, and impersonal voice.