By Terry C. Johnston
The sequel to bounce at the Wind keeps the saga of the adventures of Titus ""Scratch"" Bass, a nineteenth-century Kentucky farm boy who turns into a frontiersman alongside the Ohio River. Reprint.
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With a wag of his head he answered, “None. ” “How many girls let you just come to call whenever it strikes your fancy to pay ’em a visit, Titus? ” “None. An’ you know that too,” he said, suddenly feeling on the spot, defensive. His heart’s hackles rose like the guard hairs on one of the family’s redbone hounds. ” Amy leaned toward him, only their lips touching, mouth closed, but pressed hard and insistent against his mouth. He blinked all through that momentary kiss, looking at her, finding Amy’s eyes closed.
Was it one of those new keels with a dozen polemen? Or was it one of those broadhorns nailed together of white oak planks the boatmen would soon be selling by the board-foot on the levee at far-off New Orleans? “Here, girl,” Thaddeus said as he put the mule ahead of the harnesstree and himself at her head, beginning to coax her back a step at a time. ” Titus hoisted the oiled hardwood and locked both harness traces in place. Then he straightened, watching his father pat the mule between the eyes.
Not for this family. We be farmers. Work the soil. Worked it since my grandpap come into Kain-tuck and staked himself out a piece of ground he and others had to defend from the Injuns. Naw, let others rush on to St. Lou. ” “Opportunity enough for any man, I’d imagine,” the drummer smiled benignly, pulling at his leather gallusses. “To hell with opportunity,” Bass retorted. “Opportunity’s the retreat of a weak-spined sort. Hard work is what makes a man’s life worthwhile. ” Breathing lightly, Titus listened to the nightsounds, cradling the old flintlock, and wondered if he could ever forgive his father for keeping him chained to a mule, mired waist-deep in the muddy fields that surrounded their cabin and barn and outbuildings.