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

"We did keep time, sir, in our catches."
[ Twelfth Night.

As a matter of course, the contribution of our fair companion
was received with warmest thanks and congratulations. She
had delivered herself of the pleasant labor, as if there had been
a pleasure in the service�unaffectedly, with equal ease, modes-
ty and spirit. Her narrative was graceful, while her lyrical
efforts were marked by an enthusiasm which was regulated, in
turn, by the nicest delicacy and good taste. lly Gothamite
friend was all in raptures, and I fancied that his praises were
by no means of ungracious sound in the ears of Miss Burroughs.
Selina, by the way�the name which my long intimacy with her
permitted me to use familiarly was young enough for senti-
ment�was, as I believed, quite free of any attachments ; and,
though too quiet to figure conspicuously in a fashionable jam,
was here just in the situation which could most effectually ex-
hibit her more charming qualities. My friend Duyckman was
evidently touched. There was a probability, indeed so I
fancied�that each of them, before long, would be inclined to
say, in the language of Nicholas Bottom, " I shall desire you of
more acquaintance, good master Pease Blossom." I could look
on such a growth of liking between the parties with great com-
plaisancy. To one who is no longer in the field, the sweetest
picture in the world is in the gradual approach of two young
fond hearts to one another�they themselves, perhaps, quite
unconscious of the tendency, yet as docile as the ductile needle
to the directing finger of the pole.
For awhile the conversation became general among the
group. The night was passing insensibly. It was so calm,
soft, seductive, that sleep was forgotten, The cares of trade,
the tasks of toil, the intensity of study, affected none of us,