Wlliam Gilmore Simms
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Novel (Romance) | Redfield | 1854
The lady did not immediately yield, though the manner of
Raymond, from this moment, determined her that she would
do so. She now conjectured all the circumstances of the case,
and felt the necessity of saving the troubadour for the sake of
her sister. But she played with the excited baron awhile longer,
and, when his passion grew so impatient as to be almost beyond
his control, she admitted, as a most precious secret, confided to
his keeping only that he might serve her in its gratification, that
she had a burning passion for Guillaume de Cabestaign, of which
be himself was probably not conscious.
The invention of the lady was as prompt and accurate as if
the troubadour had whispered at her elbow. Raymond was
now satisfied. He was relieved of his suspicions, turned away
from the Lady of Tarrascon, to embrace her supposed lover, and
readily accepted an invitation from the former, for himself and
companion, to remain that night to supper. At that moment the
great gate of the castle was thrown open, and the Lord of Tar-
rascon made his appearance. He confirmed the invitation ex-
tended by his wife ; and, as usual, gave a most cordial reception
to his guests. As soon as an opportunity offered, and before the
hour of supper arrived, the Lady Agnes contrived to withdraw
her lord to her own apartments, and there frankly revealed to
him all that had taken place. He cordially gave his sanction
to all that she had done. Guillaume de Cabestaign was much
more of a favorite than his jealous master ; and the sympathies
of the noble and the virtuous, in those days, were always ac-
corded to those who professed a love so innocent as�it was justly
believed by this noble couple�was that of the Lady Marguerite
and the troubadour. The harsh suspicions of Raymond were
supposed to characterize only a coarse and brutal nature, which,
in the assertion of its unquestionable rights, would abridge all
those freedoms which courtliness and chivalry had established
for the pleasurable intercourse of other parties.
A perfect understanding thus established between the wife
and husband, in behalf of the troubadour, and in misleading the
baron, these several persons sat down to supper in the rarest
good humor and harmony. Guillaume de Cabestaign recovered
all his confidence, and with it his inspiration. He made several
iinprovvisations during the evening, which delighted the corn-