Crittenden braced himself and looked up with one quick glance sidewise at his mother's face. It had not changed a line.
"I heard all you said in the hallway. If a son of mine thinks it his duty to go, I shall never say one word to dissuade him--if he thinks it is his duty," she added, so solemnly that silence fell upon the three, and with a smothered, "Good Lawd," at the door, Ben hurried again into the kitchen.
"Both them boys was a-goin' off to git killed an' ole Miss Rachel not sayin' one wud to keep 'em back--not a wud."
After breakfast the boy hurried out and, as Crittenden rose, the mother, who pretended to be arranging silver at the old sideboard, spoke with her back to him.
"Think it over, son. I can't see that you should go, but if you think you ought, I shall have nothing to say. Have you made up your mind?"
"Think it over very c