At a climactic moment in the scene, Wilson realizes his cousin Ruggles is of mixed race.
Ruggles one day had an aged female witness who could find no chair and complained to him of exhaustion.
Ruggles should have written this story; he can concentrate better.
The old house has been in Mrs. Ruggles family for two hundred years.
"If you will be so good, Captain," answered Ruggles huskily.
Why, it is Mrs. Ruggles, cried Nancy, glancing over her shoulder.
He had heard Ruggles's last statement from the doorway of the officers' tent.
And Ruggles prayed for some power to unloose his thickening tongue.
"The land had not been patented to us then," answered Ruggles.
Dan, slender as he was beside Ruggles great frame, shook the elder man as though he had been a terrier.