Wlliam Gilmore Simms
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Novel (Romance) | Redfield | 1854
Transcription WARNINGS OF DANGER. 197
favorable before you, and the time is not far distant when you
may realize my hopes in your behalf, and reap some of the
fruits of my toils. But I must leave you now. Nay, do not
stay me, and do not seek to question me further. I can not
now, I will not, speak more on this subject. It is your interest
that calls me from you."
I would have detained him fin. further questions, spite of his
admonition, but he broke away from me, and was Hurrying
through the small southern door of the apartment when he sud-
denly stopped.
Herman, I had almost forgotten a most important matter.
I must give you some cautions. This door, you perceive, has a
bar, which drops within these fissures of the wall and secures it
thoroughly. You will close it after me, and keep it fast at all
hours. Do not open it to any summons unless it be mine, and
even my voice, or what may seem to be my voice, must not per-
suade you to violate this caution. WTlien I desire entrance, you
will hear these sounds, but no words"�here he breathed, rather
than whistled, a slight note, interrupted by a singular quaver,
which seemed the very soul of mystery� above all," he con-
tinued, let no woman's voice persuade you to undo the bar."" But suppose the baroness should send ?"
Do not you hear. She may send�nay, I am sure she
will�she may come herself.'" But I must then open ?"
No, not then ! Not for your life."
Ha, Bruno ! Wliat may this mean ?"
Inquire not now, my son ; but believe me that my precau-
tions are not idle, not unnecessary. I live but to serve and save
you."" Save me ! You confound me, Bruno."
Yes, I have saved you until now, and require nothing but
your obedience to be your preserver still. Do as I ask, as I
command you ! and all will be well, and we shall be tri-
umphant."
His words were no less strange to me than had been those of
the baroness, and what was more strange than all was that
sudden air of authority, parental indeed, which he now assumed
for the first time. I did not, at the moment, feel the greater