CHAPTER IV

WHEN I tried to tell my father what had happened at the Leightons', my words came haltingly. No one had spoken to me roughly in that house; yet it seemed to me that hatred had breathed upon me there. For years I'd been on the best of terms with all the Leightons. Of course I'd had differences of opinion with one or another of Sally's brothers at times, but never once an argument or dispute that ended in ill feeling. But tonight every one of them, barring Soame, had refused to meet my eye; had given me no words at all, civil or uncivil.

I told my father I didn't understand.

"I think I do," he said. "What you found there is something you'll have to expect if you insist on keeping your independence of thought. You and I and most of our close friends want to avoid war. More than that, we want to avoid the bitterest of wars--civil war. Your friends the Leightons don't think the way we think, and so I'm afraid they've actually begun to hate us. You feel that change; it's happened lately. You'll never again find the Leightons agreeable, Oliver, unless you tell them you're against settling our differences with England by peaceful means." He stared hard at me.

"I couldn't do that," I said. "It wouldn't be true. I can't say I want a civil war, can I, when I don't?"

"Probably not," my father said. "For my part, I'm more interested in what I feel to be the truth than I am in what the Leightons think. You might possibly be more interested in the Leightons than in the welfare of your country."

"No," I said, "I'm not; but I don't want Sally to begin to hate me as her father and brothers apparently do. It's strange. I don't see why the Leightons feel they have to hate me personally."

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