Summary (Masterplots, Fourth Edition)
Lacy Buchan, a sixty-year-old bachelor, thinks back over the year 1860, when he was fifteen and his mother died. That April, family and friends gathered at Pleasant Hill in Fairfax County, Virginia, for the funeral, the last time they were all together. Among those present were the Poseys, Lacy’s sister Susan’s in-laws. Susan’s husband, George Posey, rode his horse away from the funeral, causing much gossip.
Young Lacy recalled memories of George, his brother Semmes’s friend. During a visit two years before, George gave Lacy a gun. The next day, Lacy went to a jousting tournament and stayed with his father’s slave, Coriolanus, who talked to some slaves who had just been sold. One was called Yellow Jim; George sold him and bought a mare.
Riders in the tournament had five tries to take rings from hooks with lances. George and John Langton succeeded each time, and George was awarded the prize for his superior form. When the drunken Langton protested, George threw him to the ground. The victor shared his reward with Lacy’s sister, Susan. Langton challenged George to a duel; George shot at a target, then discarded his pistol and punched Langton. Lacy admired his new friend very much.
At the funeral, Lacy’s sister-in-law Lucy gave Lacy violets to put in his mother’s hands. As he moved from the coffin, Jane, George’s sister, took his hand. They left the room, and Lacy kissed Jane. Afterward, Lacy held a garment belonging...
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