REDFORD VILLAGE by Hervey Allen

REDFORD VILLAGE

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KIRKUS REVIEW

I liked this better than The Forest and the Fort -- this second volume in the tetralogy of the Colonial frontier, The Disinherited. Salathiel comes to his first experience in ""town"" life as secretary of the Swiss captain, Ecuyer; he marvels at his first taste of family in the Pendergass home-inn-fort and refuge. He sees and loves Phoebe and dares not tell her so because of his secret, forced marriage to Jane, who has disappeared. He joins the Fighting Quakers (or Mountain Foxes) under Capt. Jack, and expiates the haunting nightmare of his childhood memories in violence of Indian raids and the massacre of Salt Kettle. And while he has gone, the missionary MacArdle turns up, and tells the Pndrgasses of Salathiel's marriage, so on his return he is faced with double loss -- for Phoebe has left with another husband, and his captain, high unto death, dies, leaving him his heir. It is a story of brutal revenge against the Indians who had made the frontier hideous; It is a story of a grim period in Pennsylvania outpost life; it is a story which introduces a new element for organization and discipline with the first organization of Free Masonry on the frontier. There is adventure -- and a touch of romance -- and a picaresque quality that is characteristic of Allen's story telling. Salathiel goes forth to seek his missing wife -- reluctantly -- and finds instead Frances, the Irish lass he had rescued previously from the Fralrs. He brings her back to the Pendergasses -- lets them assume what they will -- and, as the story closes, sets forth again for the city.

Pub Date: March 20th, 1944
Publisher: Farrar & Rinehart