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Brother Against Brother

or, The Tompkins Mystery.

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Author: John R. Musick
Published: 1887
Language: English
Wordcount: 88,600 / 261 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 74.8
Downloads: 6,137
Added to site: 2015.05.15 32043

coach and in those glowing embers, he saw but one picture, and its horrors were constantly haunting his mind.

The other guests talked and laughed while their soaked clothes were drying, but Mr. Tompkins was silent, whether sitting or standing. Almost before their clothes were dry supper was announced, and they all repaired to the long, low dining room and seated themselves at the table. The supper, plain and substantial, was just suited to the needs of the hungry guests.

The evening meal over, they returned to the sitting room. The Southerner had lit a cigar, and kept up a constant flow of conversation.

"Virginia is too near the Free-soilers," he said, evidently directing his remarks to Mr. Tompkins; "don't they come over here and steal your niggers?"

"They never have," Mr. Tompkins answered.

"I take it for granted you own slaves?"

"Yes, sir; I have a number on my plantation, and never have had one stolen yet."

"Don't the 'Barnburners,' 'Wooly Heads' and Abolit

Reader Reviews

Average Rating of 2 from 1 reviews: **

An abolitionist and all his family are murdered; a strange white learned child wanders around asking about his father Jacob, himself being Joseph hoping to get out ot Egypt after having quarrelled with Pothifar; a white baby is abandoned on the porch of the murdered abolitionist brother's
The murdered abolitionist's brother, abolitionist himself, is the novel's
main character.
He has liberated all his slaves, who wouldn't think of leaving his plantations because he treats them so well.
The Civil War begins and separates the two abolitionist's sons, who go to fight on the opposing sides, the demented boy gets to live with the
abolitionist's family and recovers his wits thanks to the love and attention with which he is treated.
The war ends, the two brothers reconcile and the baby grows up and marries one of them.
A very bland, slow narrative centered on repeating the atrocious points of
view of the obtuse slavers and their reasons for keeping their slaves enslaved, alternating their discourses with those of the abolitionists.
Even understanding that the book was written in 1875 it seems very feeble
and simplistic.



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