Wlliam Gilmore Simms
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Novel (Romance) | Redfield | 1854
Transcription THE LITTLE SKELETON. 217
tuted, one discovery that I made, which tended to deepen them
yet more, in seeming to give them partial solution. That little
lake, I had it drained, and, just beneath the wall of the parapet,
we found the tiny skeleton of an infant´┐Żbleached and broken
into fragments, but sufficiently perfect to leave no doubt of its
original humanity. A rude fragment of stone such as composed
the outer wall enclosing the castle, lay upon its little ribs. Need
I say that I gathered up, with the solicitude of a nameless love,
every remnant of this little relic, that it was inurned with the
tenderest care, and consigned to sacred keeping, with the feelings
of one who knew not well that he might not even then possess,
though he had never known, the love of an angel sister.