The Talbots were very poor. With many another proud old family they had been stripped of their possessions and ruined by the Civil War. So when June Talbot learned of an approaching dance at a nearby plantation, her delight was mingled with a very real regret. She could not possibly afford a new dress, and there was nothing she could wear. By chance, she discovered her grandmother's wedding dress in an old trunk. It was terribly old-fashioned, of course, but it was infinitely better than any of June's poor clothes. So she wore it to the dance. They were not very kind to June at the dance. She heard them laughing at her dress behind her back, and it naturally made her unhappy. But when Dick started to tease her, Jim came to her assistance and told Dick to stop. When Dick persisted, Jim hit him, and Dick fell to the floor and lay, to all appearances, dead. Jim, dazed and trembling with horror, wandered out of the^ house. The sight of Dick's apparently dead body seemed to snap something ...
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