The General, limping from window to window, chafed. He wanted to get out, to go over the hills and far away; with the coming of the spring the wander-hunger gripped him, and with this restless mood upon him he stormed at Bronson. "It's a dog's life." "Yes, sir," said Bronson, dutifully. "It is dead lonesome, Bronson, and I can't keep Jean tied here all of the time.
And looking back on it now she wondered whether it was association with the men with whom he had travelled and shot in distant countries that was stirring in him more acutely the wander-hunger that was in his blood.
Distaste for the artificial existence prevailing at Court, sorrow at the death of his friend Sidney, or a wander-hunger fed on the tales brought home by the numerous merchant adventurers may have been the cause of this surprising step. His decision provoked dismay among his friends and brought a furious tirade from Elizabeth who commanded him to remain near her.
He was in the grip of one of the revolts against restraint and civilisation that periodically attacked him. The wander-hunger was in his blood for generations it had sent numberless ancestors into the lonely places of the world, and against it ties of home were powerless.