Sarah Orne Jewett, The Tory Lover, and Walter Scott, Waverley
’s attempt to look fully at all sides of the conﬂict (that is,
nationalconﬂict acted out locally) produces some uncontrolled confusion and contradiction speciﬁcally in this area. It is here that Scott ceases
to be an enabling inﬂuence; apparent similarities in social structure in the
ﬁctional worlds of Scott and Jewett mask essential diﬀerences and
Historically, society in America at the time of the Revolution had a
hierarchical structure, evolved from English models in which deference
was paid to its most powerful families. This is recorded mostly without
young Biafra, of brave, loyal soldiers and dutiful girls united in a hopeless and yet ennobling national struggle.
Moreover, through her heroic act Gladys reasserts the integrity she appeared to
have lost, but does so by becoming once again unambiguously feminine. Her
death ﬁxes her in the time-honoured attitude for women of self-sacriﬁce.
Indeed, across the course of the short story Gladys carries both the positive
and the negative connotations of women’s action in service of the postcolonial
nation-in-formation – of nationalconﬂict as glorious, for a brief time