“This girl’s father was framed by the Reformers and is now serving a twenty-year sentence. Prison life has given him tuberculosis and he has only a short time to live, but that doesn’t trouble the powers that be at all. Probably they regard it as a visitation of the Lord which merely supplements the punishment that they have handed out to him here below,” and Brooke’s ordinarily amiable face took on a sneer.
Boldfaced emphasis added by me.
Unfortunately, this otherwise fine book is marred by the prejudices of its time. There are two instances of “coon” used, one instance of “nigger,” and a black man — who is a hired assassin — is described as having the “face of a gorilla.”
That Liberty Party in the book wasn’t exactly about liberty for all.