Wlliam Gilmore Simms
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Novel (Romance) | Redfield | 1854
counselled you, guided you, protected you, done all, in short,
that a father could have done for the son he most loved ?"
Truly, good Bruno, I believe, I think, I know, that you
have been all this to me. You have supplied those performan-
ces, which, if your thinking be right, the benevolence of the
baroness imprudently omitted."
Enough, Herman. Believe then a little more. Believe
that he who has been friendly and faithful hitherto, without
hesitation, without exception, without going back, and without
sign of reluctance, will still be true, faithful, and affectionate.
There is something that I might say, but not wisely, not benefi-
cially for you, and therefore I forbear to say it. But the time
will come, I think it will come very soon, and all my knowledge
shall then be yours. Meanwhile, be patient and learn the first
best lesson of youth�learn to wait ! By learning to wait, you
learn to endure, and in learning to endure, you learn one of the
principal arts of conquest. I speak to you the lesson of experience,
of my own experience. Never did a young man pass through
a more trying term of endurance than myself. I have sup-
pressed my nature, stifled the passions of my heart, kept down
those struggles of my soul which, as they would have vainly
striven for any release, were premature ; and, after twenty
years of bondage I am at length free. Your visit to the castle
of T , is the epoch of my emancipation."
HAVING thus spoken, Bruno became suddenly silent, and no
effort that I could make could induce him to resume the conver-
sation. Yet, how had this conversation excited me ! �what
strange commotion did it occasion among the thoughts and fan-
cies of my mind. Where had be obtained the power to speak
with so much authority, words so full of animation, thoughts so
far beyond his seeming condition ? His words seemed to lift
and expand himself. His eye glittered with the fire of an
eagle's as he spoke, his lip quivered with equal pride, and en-
thusiasm, and his form, it seemed to rise and tower aloft in all the
majesty of a tried and familiar superiority. The mystery which
enwrapped my own fate, seemed of a sudden to envelop this