An Interview with Thomas Bartlett from Sean Crose’s Novel Lexington – Novel PASTimes

Query: It have to be troublesome to be a citizen of Boston in 1775.

Thomas: Everybody is aware of conflict is coming. The British authorities has shut down our port, troops are in all places, and the Patriots primarily management the complete Massachusetts colony outdoors the town. 

Query: And who’re these Patriots?

Thomas: They’re colonists who really feel the federal government in Britain is treating its topics right here throughout the Atlantic unfairly. As an illustration, colonists can’t be represented by one among their very own in Parliament. Why is that? Is it as a result of the British authorities feels the colonists are second class residents? I might argue it’s.

Query:  Are you a Patriot your self?

Thomas: No. My new spouse, Mary – who I am keen on – is from a household loyal to the crown. She went in opposition to their needs by marrying me, so to save lots of her from additional discomfort, I’ve promised I received’t participate in these harmful occasions plaguing our time.

Query: That appears moderately honorable, however you look uncomfortable discussing the matter.

Thomas: My brother, James, is a member of the Patriots. He lives outdoors of Boston, within the city of Lexington, the place Patriots interact in army drills fairly repeatedly. 

Query: And naturally you’re apprehensive about him and really feel considerably disloyal.

Thomas: Very a lot so.

Query: What does James really feel about you’re not becoming a member of his trigger?

Thomas: He’d love for me to develop into a Patriot myself, in fact, however James and I see the world in another way.

Query: May you clarify?

Thomas: James is an offended man. Certainly, he’s lengthy had a deep anger in him, why I don’t know. Maybe it has one thing to do with our mom passing on at an early age from consumption. At any charge, I worry James sees these troubles earlier than us as an outlet by means of which he can vent his rage by means of.

 Query: Have you ever addressed this matter with him?

Thomas: Most actually…although I broach the topic gently and in offhanded methods. James have to be handled delicately most occasions. As an illustration, if he finds himself offended at one among his sons – one thing he typically does – I try and calm him down. He will be fairly ferocious, James.

Query: Is he violent together with his kids?

Thomas: He’s not violent with anybody. At the least not but. What I imply by that is I think James will develop into bodily merciless as soon as conflict breaks out, that he’ll really feel he has a suitable outlet for his vary. 

Query: That’s comprehensible. Some with anti-British settlements have been recognized to behave in a violent and atrocious method.

Thomas: Most actually. And I worry James will quickly interact in a violent and atrocious method himself. There may be honorable fight and there may be wanton brutality. What’s going to develop into of James if he acts brutally as soon as conflict breaks out? What if he harms a prisoner, or worse, kills one? What’s going to that say of his character? What’s going to it say of his soul?

Query: You are concerned about his soul, then.

Thomas: I do.

Query: You’re a non secular man?

Thomas:  A lifelong Congregationalist. 

Query: However not James?

Thomas: He feels he has no use for religion. In reality, it’s one of many causes I preserve nudging him to attempt to alter his methods, to not let his anger proceed to devour him. I fear he’ll die in fight together with his soul in an unclean state.

Query: That’s fairly a heavy burden to hold round. 

Thomas: To make sure! My new spouse, Mary, says that I’m now extra involved with James’ soul than I’ve any obligation to be.

Query: And why is that?

Thomas: Though my bookstore on Cornhill is, like all companies in Boston, doing meagre enterprise, Mary feels my place is there. She helps my going to see James, however feels I take such journeys too ceaselessly, and with no productive outcomes to indicate for them. Plus, the colony is harmful outdoors of Boston. Lastly, Mary merely appears like an excessive amount of of my effort and time is targeted on James moderately than on issues at residence. 

Query: Is she proper?

Thomas: I shall be blunt. If James ought to die within the conflict with out having modified his methods, I shall personally really feel accountable.

Query: Does Mary know this?

Thomas: She appears to suspect. 

Query:  You say you’re a Congregationalist, but your considering regarding James doesn’t adhere to any Christian doctrine. James has free will, in spite of everything.

Thomas: As do I…and I’m willfully dedicating myself to saving James.

Query: Even on the expense of one thing as useful to you as your new marriage? 

Thomas: …

Query: Do you’re feeling that’s a righteous technique to go about issues, Thomas? 

Thomas: …

Query: Thomas?


Sean Crose is the Writing/ESL Specialist for Put up College, the place he additionally teaches such topics as literature, poetry, inventive writing, and composition. On high of that, Crose is a Senior Author for “Boxing Insider,” and a contributor to “The Berkshire Edge.” He lives in Connecticut together with his spouse, Jen, and Charlie the Cat.