The Angry Wife Author:Pearl Buck Pierce Delaney returned to Malvern, the family plantation; returned to his wife and sons. He had fought on the losing side. Now he was determined to have peace. To raise a family. To cultivate his acres. To forget the past. — Tom Delaney, his younger brother, had fought with the Yankees, on the winning side. He returned to Malvern, too. R... more »eturned on a stretcher after years in a prison camp. Returned to be nursed back to health by Bettina, the beautiful mulatto girl who had been the slave of his brother's wife.
When Tom and Bettina fell in love, he would not have her in the old way. He had fought the war for human freedom--including hers. But he knew that to marry Bettina would force a crisis that would change them all. The Civil War was over and the North had won. But the fundamental disagreements between people still existed. That was had not yet been won. Tom knew that if he married Bettina he would be starting a war all over again.« less