By Eugene Hudson Long, R. G. Collmer
Covers a various variety of pursuits in American literature.
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He regretted, deeply and bitterly, the moral cowardice that had restrained his words, when he was about to disclose the truth to Dorcas; but pride, the fear of losing her affection, the dread of universal scorn, forbade him to rectify this falsehood. [X, 34849] Even though his common sense tells him that there was nothing he could have done about Roger, the "concealment had imparted to a justifiable act, much of the secret effect of guilt" and it becomes "like a serpent, gnawing into his heart" (X, 349, 350).
But there is one Anglo offshoot she singles out for special consideration. That is the Texan, the tejano. Miss Fergusson explains the process: So far, New Mexico's record of fair dealing between peoples is better than that of its neighbors. But as Texans come in, and where they dominate, bad feeling grows and discrimination is practiced. It is true that many broad-minded people come from Texas, that many narrow, bigoted, and stupidly intolerant folk come from other states or have grown up right in New Mexico.
Roger Malvin has received mortal wounds in a fight with Indians and persuades the reluctant Reuben Bourne to abandon him to die in the forest alone. The older man exacts a promise from Reuben that he will return some day to bury him, and before leaving he ties a blood-stained handkerchief to the topmost bow of an oak sapling both to mark the place and to serve as a pledge that he will return. After he returns home and has begun recovering from his wounds, Roger's daughter, Dorcas, whom he plans to marry, asks about her father.