The Colonel's Dream

By Charles W. Chesnutt

Gents have been seated, one March morning in 189—, within the inner most workplace of French and corporate, restricted, on decrease Broadway. Mr. Kirby, the junior partner—a guy of thirty-five, with brown hair and mustache, clean-cut, good-looking positive factors, and an alert demeanour, used to be smoking cigarettes nearly as quickly as he might roll them, and even as staring at the electrical clock upon the wall and getting up at times to stride restlessly backward and forward around the room.

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It will simply be fair,” acknowledged the colonel, “to supply him an opportunity to give an explanation for, while he is available in back. I a bit like Ben. He has a few effective mechanical principles, and the making of a guy in him, except i'm wrong. i've been hoping to discover a spot for him within the new cotton mill, whilst it really is able to run. ” They have been nonetheless conversing of Ben, whilst there has been an irresolute knock on the rear door of the parlour, during which they have been seated. “Miss Laura, O leave out Laura,” got here a muffled voice. “Kin I communicate to you a minute. It’s amazing pertickler, omit Laura, fo’ God it's! ” “Laura,” acknowledged the colonel, “bring Catharine in. I observed that you just have been bothered as soon as earlier than in case you have been pressured to refuse her anything. Henceforth your burdens might be mine. are available, Catharine,” he referred to as, “and let us know what’s the problem. What’s your hassle? What’s all of it approximately? ” the lady, red-eyed from weeping, got here in, wringing her apron. “Miss Laura,” she sobbed, “an’ Colonel French, my husban’ Bud is finished long gone and acquired inter mo’ hassle. He’s run away f’m Mistah Fettuhs, w’at he wuz sol’ again to in de spring, an’ he’s performed be’n advantageous’ fifty dollahs mo’, an’ he’s gwine ter be sol’ again ter Mistah Fettuhs in de mawnin’, fer ter end out de ole wonderful and wo’k out de new one. I’s be’n ter see ’im in de gyard residence, an’ he say Mistah Haines, w’at use’ ter be de constable and is a gyard fer Mistah Fettuhs now, beat an’ ’bused him so he couldn’ stan’ it; an’ ’ceptin’ i'll pay all dem fines, he’ll be tuck again dere; an’he say ef dey evah beats him ag’in, dey’ll eithuh haf ter kill him, er he’ll kill a few er dem. An’ Bud is a rash guy, omit Laura, an’ I’m feared dat he’ll do w’at he say, an’ ef dey kills him er he kills any er dem, it’ll be all de related ter me—I’ll by no means see ’m no mo’ in dis worl’. Ef i may borry de cash, pass over Laura—Mars’ Colonel— I’d wuk my arms ter de bone ’tel I paid again de las’ cent. Er ef you’d purchase Bud, suh, lack you probably did Unc’ Peter, he might n’ brain wukkin’ fer you, suh, fer Bud is an efficient wukker we’n fogeys treats him correct; an’ he had n’ by no means had no hassle nowhar befo’ he come hyuh, suh. ” “How did he emerge as arrested the 1st time? ” requested the colonel. “He didn’t dwell hyuh, suh; I used ter stay hyuh, an’ I ma’ied him down ter Madison, the place I wuz wukkin’. We fell out in the future, an’ I obtained mad and lef’ ’im—it wuz all my fault an’ I be’n payin’ fer it evuh since—an’ I get back domestic an’ went ter wuk hyuh, an’ he come aftuh me, an de fus’ day he come, befo’ I knowed he wuz hyuh, dis yer Mistah Haines tuck ’im up, an’ lock ’im up in de gyard condo, like a hog in de poun’, an’ he didn’ understand no one, an’ dey didn’ supply ’im no chanst ter see not anyone, an’ dey tuck ’im roun’ ter Squi’ Reddick nex’ mawnin’, an’ fined ’im an’ sol’ ’im ter dis yer Mistuh Fettuhs fer ter wo’k out de nice; an’ I be’n wantin’ all dis time ter hyuh fum ’im, an’ I’d performed be’n an’ long past again ter Madison to appear fer ’im, an’ foun’ he wuz long past. An’ God understands I didn’ understand what had turn into er ’im, ’tel he run away de yuther time an’ dey tuck ’im an’ despatched ’im again back.

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