Wlliam Gilmore Simms
Southward Ho! A Spell of Sunshine >> Chapter XI / The Bride of Hate: Or, The Passage of a Night >> Page 194

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Novel (Romance) | Redfield | 1854
Transcription 194 SOUTHWARD HO!
have seized and carried her hand to my lips. But she shrunk
back with an impulse if possible more rapid than my own, her
hands uplifted, the palms turned upon me as if beckoning me
away, her head averted, and her whole attitude and manner that
of one suffering contact with the thing it loathes.
No, no ! None of this. Take him away. Take him away."
I rose upon my feet and turned to Bruno. His form was
erect, his eye was full of a stern severity as he gazed upon the
baroness, which seemed to me strangely misplaced when I con-
sidered his relative position with the noble lady to whom I owed
so much, and, in respect to whom it would seem so unaccountable,
so unnatural. Bruno paused and did not regard me as I approach-
ed him. His eyes were only fixed upon his mistress. She re-
peated her injunction, with a wild and strange addition : �
Have you not had enough ? Would you drive me mad?
Away with him. Away !"" Come !" he exclaimed, turning to me slowly, but with an
eye still fixed upon the baroness, whose face was averted from
us. He muttered something further which I did not understand,
and we were about to depart, he frowning as if with indignation,
and I trembling with equal apprehension and surprise.
Stay !" she exclaimed, where would you take him, Bruno ?"
To the hall below, your ladyship."" Right, see to his wants. His chamber is in the northern
turret."
There !" was the abrupt exclamation of Bruno.
There ! There !" was all the reply ; a reply rather shrieked
than spoken, and the manner of which, as well as the look of
Bruno, when he beheld it, convinced me that there was some-
thing occult and mysterious in the purport of her command.
Nothing more, however, was spoken by either the baroness or
himself, and we left the presence in silence together.
Iv.
WE descended to the salle a manger, where we found a boun-
tiful repast prepared. But neither of us seemed disposed to eat,
though the long interval of abstinence since the morning meal,
would, at another time, and under different circumstances, have