Wlliam Gilmore Simms
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Novel (Romance) | Redfield | 1854
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piny´┐Ż all in favor of the Lady Agnes, and glimpsing faintly at
his attachment for her. These, unhappily, have not been pre-
served to us. They are said to have been so made as to corre-
spond to the exigency of his recent situation ; the excellent
Baron Raymond all the while supposing that he alone possessed
the key to their meaning. The Lady Agnes, meanwhile, under
the approving eye of her husband, was at special pains to show
such an interest in the troubadour, and such a preference for his
comfort, over that of all persons present, as contributed to con-
firm all the assurances she had given to her brother-in-law in
regard to her affections. The latter saw this with perfect satis-
faction; and leaving Guillaume to pass the night where he was so
happily entertained, he hurried home to Roussillon, eager to re
veal to his own wife, the intrigue between her lover and her sister.
It is quite possible that, if his suspicions of the troubadour were
quieted, he still entertained some with regard to Marguerite. It
is not improbable that a conviction that he was giving pain at
every syllable he uttered entered into his calculations, and
prompted what he said. He might be persuaded of the inno-
cence of the parties, yet doubtful of their affections ; and though
assured now that he was mistaken in respect to the tendency of
those of Guillaume, his suspicions were still lively in regard
to those of his wife. His present revelations might be intended
to probe her to the quick, and to gather from her emotions, at
his recital, in how much she was interested in the sympathies of
the troubadour.
How far he succeeded in diving into her secret, has not been
confided to the chronicler. It is very certain, however, that he
succeeded in making Marguerite very unhappy. She now en-
tertained no doubt, after her husband's recital, of the treachery
of her sister, and the infidelity of her lover ; and though she
herself had permitted him no privilege, inconsistent with the
claims of her lord, she was yet indignant that he should have
proved unfaithful to a heart which lie so well knew to be thor-
oughly his own. The pure soul itself, entirely devoted to the
beloved object, thus always revolts at the consciousness of its
fall from its purity and its pledges ; and though itself denied
doomed only to a secret worship, to which no altar may be raised,
and to which there is no offering but the sacrifice of constant pri-