Wlliam Gilmore Simms
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Novel (Romance) | Redfield | 1854
Transcription CHAPTER III

" The world's mine oyster, Which I with sword will open.

OUR steamers do not take long in getting out to sea. We
have no such tacking and backing, and sidling and idling, as
afflicted and embarrassed the movements of the ancient packet-
ships, after they had tripped anchors. On the present occasion,
our vessel went ahead with a will, and though not the fastest of
our steamers, yet with a power of her own, particularly in a
heavy sea, and with lively breezes, which enables her, under
such circumstances to surge ahead with the bravest. We were
soon out of the hook, with our nose set south, a mild setting sun
persuading us onward, holding out rosy wreaths and halos in
the west, which seemed to promise well for the balmy clime to
which our course was bent. The breeze, though fresh, was soft
and warm, and the sea as smooth as the blandishments of a pop-
ular orator. The scene was sufficiently auspicious to bring all
the passengers on deck, where they grouped about together ac-
cording to their several affinities. I kept my promise to my
companion, and introduced him to the interesting lady in dove-
colored muslin.
Miss Burroughs, suffer me to introduce to you my friend,
Mr. Edgar Duyckman of New York."
The lady bowed graciously´┐Żmy friend was superlative in
courtesy, and expressed his great delight in making her acquaint-
ance. She smiled, as she replied
Mr. Duyckman seems to forget that he enjoyed this pleasure
on a previous occasion.
" Indeed ! Where, Miss Burroughs ?" was the response. Our
Edgar was evidently disquieted. The lady smiled again, the
smallest possible twinkle of the quiz peeping out from the cor-
ner of her eyes.